- 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 courtly
Who was the most erotic poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, when the quatrain reached its courtly zenith?Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun
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Blumenthal, a courtly gentleman of 68 in a perfectly crisp blue shirt, gets laughs by trotting out his rudimentary Spanish.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
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The driver, Amadou Diallo, was a courtly African immigrant who made it a point to wear a tie as he worked.The Mad Shooter of Paris Is a ‘Natural Born Killer’
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From a long-awaited sequel to a courtly farce, to a memoir of a childhood spent in the ruins of American aristocracy.This Week’s Hot Reads: April 15, 2013
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“Tell me about the amendment, Angus,” the courtly Hathaway said.Angus King: New Senator Aims to Build Bridges Amid Washington Dysfunction
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A queen in the magnificence of her courtly surroundings could not have conquered him so quickly.The Dream
Casanova signified his refusal with an exaggerated but courtly gesture.Casanova's Homecoming
Mr Dorrit welcomed the visitor with the highest urbanity, and most courtly manners.Little Dorrit
Monseigneur received him in a courtly manner, but they did not shake hands.A Tale of Two Cities
Mrs Varden called up quite a courtly air, and became seated.Barnaby Rudge
- of or suitable for a royal court
- refined in manner
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Word Origin and History for courtly
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