- the wooing of one person by another.
- the period during which such wooing takes place.
- solicitation of favors, applause, etc.
- Ethology. behavior in animals that occurs before and during mating, often including elaborate displays.
- Obsolete. courtly behavior; courtesy; gallantry.
Origin of courtship
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Examples from the Web for courtship
Everyone showed lots of skin and courtship perfumed the air.What Downton’s Fashion Really Means
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They married on December 19, 2013 after a romantic “Walt Disney” kind of courtship, they both said.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
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However, the Republican base will be far less forgiving of Paul for his criticism of police policy and his courtship of Sharpton.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
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One of the lefties she met was a sociology instructor named Philip Rieff, whom she married after a 10-day courtship.Still Desperately Seeking Susan Sontag
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She met Saad a few years later and the two were married in 2003 after a three-month courtship.Alps Murder Twist: Iraqi Wife Had Secret American Ex-Husband Who Died on the Same Day
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In the third act the courtship of Ferdinand and Miranda is pretty, but hardly more.The Man Shakespeare
I should have a third, but she is surrounded by the blandishments of flattery and courtship.The Letters of Robert Burns
There is no need for me to dwell upon the history of this courtship.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
Refining the courtship, raillery, and conversation of plays!
Let us take one example—the courtship of the Argus pheasant.The Truth About Woman
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- the act, period, or art of seeking the love of someone with intent to marry
- the seeking or soliciting of favours
- obsolete courtly behaviour
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Word Origin and History for courtship
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