What does courtship mean?

Definitions for courtshipˈkɔrt ʃɪp, ˈkoʊrt-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word courtship.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. courtship, wooing, courting, suit(noun)

    a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)

    "its was a brief and intense courtship"


  1. courtship(Noun)

    The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.

  2. courtship(Noun)

    The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.

  3. courtship(Noun)

    Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.

  4. courtship(Noun)

    Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Courtship(noun)

    the act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor

  2. Courtship(noun)

    the act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage

  3. Courtship(noun)

    courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy

  4. Courtship(noun)

    court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse


  1. Courtship

    Courtship is the period in a couple's relationship which precedes their engagement and marriage, or establishment of an agreed relationship of a more enduring kind. During courtship, a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other such agreement. A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval. Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage. Within many western societies, these distinct gender roles have lost some of their importance and rigidity. It is now common for females in younger generations both to initiate relationships and to propose marriage. In the last several decades, in many Western cultures, homosexuals have begun open/public courtship practices.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Courtship

    Activities designed to attract the attention or favors of another.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtship in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of courtship in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Marcel Archard:

    The bedfellows politics made are never strange. It only seems that way to those who have not watched the courtship.

  2. Laurence Sterne:

    Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.

  3. Jurgen Otto:

    They are very, very colorful, they often have iridescent scales and they do something quite remarkable. They perform a courtship dance for females, to impress them.

  4. Harry Reid:

    As our relationship built, her parents came to the realization that it could be something serious and it was a very difficult time, the last few years of courtship, because they of course wanted her to meet somebody Jewish.

  5. Kahlil Gibran:

    It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

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