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Definitions for courtly
ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt-court·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. courtly, formal, statelyadjective

    refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

    "a courtly gentleman"


  1. courtlyadjective

    Suitable for a royal court; refined, dignified.

  2. courtlyadjective

    Obsequious, flattering.

  3. Etymology: From court + -ly.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Courtlyadjective

    Relating or retaining to the court; elegant; soft; flattering.

    Etymology: from court.

    In our own time, (excuse some courtly strains)
    No whiter page than Addison’s remains. Alexander Pope, Ep. of Hor.

  2. Courtlyadverb

    In the manner of courts; elegantly.

    They can produce nothing so courtly writ, or which expresses so much the conversation of a gentleman, as sir John Suckling. John Dryden, on Dramatick Poetry.


  1. courtly

    Courtesy (from the word courteis, from the 12th century) is gentle politeness and courtly manners. In the Middle Ages in Europe, the behaviour expected of the nobility was compiled in courtesy books.


  1. courtly

    Courtly refers to behavior, manners, or characteristics that are polite, refined, elegant, and sophisticated, typically associated with royal or noble courts. It often implies a sense of cultured and dignified conduct, including manners associated with chivalry and respect, especially towards women. In literature, it is often used to describe love and romance in a very idealized or reserved manner, as seen in medieval and Renaissance courtly love traditions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtlyadjective

    relating or belonging to a court

  2. Courtlyadjective

    elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering

  3. Courtlyadjective

    disposed to favor the great; favoring the policy or party of the court; obsequious

  4. Courtlyadverb

    in the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly

  5. Etymology: [From Court.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtly in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of courtly in a Sentence

  1. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is an art and theatric movement of 21st century occupied with the philotipes, mythologic forms, schematism and chromatic scales, dual art, logism of color, cult art, conglomeration. As an art movement it tries to explore word act, group performance, collective structure, fruitfulness and aesthetics of multitude through philotipes as implicit connotation of colors or schemes in their general use (honeysuckle yellow, female, courtly, savage, dionysiaque).

  2. James Burke:

    Courtly love-poetry may first have been written during long periods of abstinence on the Crusades, but it would not have flourished in the cold of northern Europe without some help from the chimney.

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