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adj. court·li·er, court·li·est
1. Suitable for a royal court; stately: courtly furniture and pictures.
2. Elegant; refined: courtly manners.
3. Flattering in an insincere way; obsequious.
In a courtly manner; elegantly or politely.

court′li·ness n.
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Noun1.courtliness - elegance suggestive of a royal court
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
لَطافَه، تودُّد، كَياسَه
hofmennska; viîhafnarleg kurteisi


n (= politeness)Höflichkeit f; (= refinement)Vornehmheit f


(koːt) noun
1. a place where legal cases are heard. a magistrates' court; the High Court.
2. the judges and officials of a legal court. The accused is to appear before the court on Friday.
3. a marked-out space for certain games. a tennis-court; a squash court.
4. the officials, councillors etc of a king or queen. the court of King James.
5. the palace of a king or queen. Hampton Court.
6. an open space surrounded by houses or by the parts of one house.
1. to try to win the love of; to woo.
2. to try to gain (admiration etc).
3. to seem to be deliberately risking (disaster etc).
ˈcourtier (-tiə) noun
a member of the court of a king or queen. He was one of King James' courtiers.
ˈcourtly adjective
having fine manners.
ˈcourtliness noun
ˈcourtship noun
courting or wooing.
ˈcourthouse noun
a building where legal cases are held.
ˌcourt-ˈmartialplural ˌcourts-ˈmartial noun
a court held by officers of the armed forces to try offences against discipline.
ˈcourtyard noun
a court or enclosed ground beside, or surrounded by, a building. the courtyard of the castle.
References in classic literature ?
He treated Miss Denison as no parent ever treated a child, with a gallantry and a courtliness quite beautiful to watch, and not a little touching in the light of the circumstances under which they were travelling together.
His other distinctive quality is the tone of somewhat artificial courtliness which was soon to mark the lyrics of the other poets of the Cavalier party.
Laurence, hale and hearty as ever, was quite as much improved as the others by his foreign tour, for the crustiness seemed to be nearly gone, and the old-fashioned courtliness had received a polish which made it kindlier than ever.
There was a delicious irony in the offer, in the courtliness of giving preference on such a ghastly occasion.
Confident of the power of her charms, Winnie did not expect from her husband in the daily intercourse of their married life a ceremonious amenity of address and courtliness of manner; vain and antiquated forms at best, probably never very exactly observed, discarded nowadays even in the highest spheres, and always foreign to the standards of her class.
Courtliness is thus viewed as a largely fictional precursor to the modern state monopoly on violence with correspondences in real twelfth-century legislation, primarily that of the Landfrieden.
Shaping Courtliness in Medieval France: Essays in Honor of Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner.
Knighthood was about more than just fighting, it was also about courtliness.
If you mistake my politeness, which sometimes reaches a point of courtliness, for being weak and you're going to treat me in that fashion, you make a mistake.
Sprezzatura and Embarrassment in The Merchant of Venice" (21-38); John Roe, "A Niggle of Doubt: Courtliness and Chastity in Shakespeare and Castiglione" (39-56); Thomas Kullman, "Dramatic Appropriations of Italian Courtliness" (57-72); Maria Del Sapio Garbero, "Disowning the Bond: Coriolanus's Forgetful Humanism" (73-92); Melissa Walter, "Matteo Bandello's Social Authorship and Paulina as Patroness in The Winter's Tale" (93-106); Karen Zych Galbraith, "Tracing a Villain: Typological Intertexuality in the Works of Pinter, Webster, Cinthio, and Shakespeare" (107-22).
Their focus on courtliness energized that life, animating a search for greater unity across a society suffering many divisions.