[ kawrt-lee, kohrt- ]
/ ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt- /

adjective, court·li·er, court·li·est.

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

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at court, -ly

Related forms

court·li·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for courtly


/ (ˈkɔːtlɪ) /

adjective -lier or -liest

of or suitable for a royal court
refined in manner

Derived Forms

courtliness, noun
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