[ kawrt-lee, kohrt- ]
/ ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt- /
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adjective, court·li·er, court·li·est.
polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners.
noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign.
in a courtly manner; politely or flatteringly.
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OTHER WORDS FROM courtlycourt·li·ness, noun
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How to use courtly in a sentence
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|Edwin Shrake|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sir John turned suddenly, and with the courtliness that was ever his he indulged in a rare exhibition of feeling.With Edged Tools|Henry Seton Merriman
He rose from his chair and bowed to her with an Old-World courtliness.The Pride of Palomar|Peter B. Kyne
Sir Walter Raleigh could not with more courtliness pilot his fair freight across the Avenue.Turns about Town|Robert Cortes Holliday
"If you will allow me the pleasure," said Nelson, with the touch of courtliness that showed through his homespun ways.Stories of a Western Town|Octave Thanet
There is something akin in Meaux Cathedral to the high soul and courtliness of Bossuet.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for courtly
/ (ˈkɔːtlɪ) /
adjective -lier or -liest
of or suitable for a royal court
refined in manner
Derived forms of courtlycourtliness, noun
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