noun Date: 1596 the act, process, or period of courting

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • courtship — [[t]kɔ͟ː(r)tʃɪp[/t]] courtships 1) N VAR Courtship is the activity of courting or the time during which a man and a woman are courting. [OLD FASHIONED] They were more interested in courtship and cars than in school... After a short courtship, she …   English dictionary

  • courtship — UK [ˈkɔː(r)tʃɪp] / US [ˈkɔrtˌʃɪp] noun Word forms courtship : singular courtship plural courtships 1) [countable/uncountable] the period of time when a man and a woman have a romantic relationship with each other, before they get married 2)… …   English dictionary

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