- polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners.
- flattering; obsequious.
- noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign.
- in a courtly manner; politely or flatteringly.
Origin of courtly
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Examples from the Web for courtliness
With an old Southern courtliness, he said goodbye to my wife and wandered into the crowd around the platform.‘The Land of the Permanent Wave’ Is Bud Shrake’s Classic Take on ‘60s Texas
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Sir Terence was the very quintessence of courtliness, of concern for the other.The Snare
She liked the courtliness, and gave in return her lovely smile and a little bow.Mistress Anne
Her playfulness and pleasure in the game of courtliness forsook her.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
And the kindliness and the courtliness of that bow made them very happy.The Crisis, Complete
For never was her peer found for beauty, disposition, and courtliness.'
- of or suitable for a royal court
- refined in manner
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Word Origin and History for courtliness
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