courtship

[ kawrt-ship, kohrt- ]
/ ˈkɔrt ʃɪp, ˈkoʊrt- /

noun

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.

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Origin of courtship

First recorded in 1580–90; court + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for courtship

courtship
/ (ˈkɔːtʃɪp) /

noun

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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