courtly

  • 1 courtly — [kôrt′lē] adj. courtlier, courtliest [ME] 1. suitable for a king s court; dignified, polite, elegant, etc. [courtly manners] 2. flattering, esp. in an obsequious way adv. courtlier, courtliest in a courtly manner courtliness n …

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  • 2 Courtly — Court ly ( l?), a. [From {Court}.] 1. Relating or belonging to a court. [1913 Webster] 2. Elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering. [1913 Webster] In courtly company or at my beads. Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. Disposed to favor the great; favoring the… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Courtly — Court ly, adv. In the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly. [1913 Webster] They can produce nothing so courtly writ. Dryden [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 courtly — mid 15c., having manners befitting a court, from COURT (Cf. court) + LY (Cf. ly) (1). Meaning pertaining to the court is from late 15c. Courtly love highly conventionalized medieval chivalric love (amour courtois) is attested from 1896 …

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  • 5 courtly — index civil (polite) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 courtly — courteous, gallant, chivalrous, polite, *civil Analogous words: ceremonious, formal, conventional, *ceremonial: elegant, dignified, graceful (see corresponding nouns at ELEGANCE): finished, *consummate Antonyms: churlish Contrasted words:… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 courtly — [adj] refined manner adulatory, affable, aristocratic, august, ceremonious, chivalrous, civil, civilized, complimentary, conventional, cultured, decorous, dignified, elegant, flattering, formal, gallant, gracious, high bred, imposing, lofty,… …

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  • 8 courtly — ► ADJECTIVE (courtlier, courtliest) ▪ very dignified and polite. DERIVATIVES courtliness noun …

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  • 9 courtly — [[t]kɔ͟ː(r)tli[/t]] ADJ GRADED You use courtly to describe someone whose behaviour is very polite, often in a rather old fashioned way. [LITERARY] Brian was courtly and reserved... The waiter made a courtly bow. Syn: gracious …

    English dictionary

  • 10 courtly — courtliness, n. /kawrt lee, kohrt /, adj., courtlier, courtliest, adv. adj. 1. polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners. 2. flattering; obsequious. 3. noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign. adv. 4. in a courtly… …

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  • 11 courtly — UK [ˈkɔː(r)tlɪ] / US [ˈkɔrtlɪ] adjective Word forms courtly : adjective courtly comparative courtlier superlative courtliest formal very polite in a formal way …

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  • 12 courtly — court•ly [[t]ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt [/t]] adj. li•er, li•est, adv. 1) polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners[/ex] 2) flattering; obsequious 3) noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign 4) in a courtly manner; politely •… …

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  • 13 courtly — I. adjective (courtlier; est) Date: 15th century 1. a. of a quality befitting the court ; elegant b. insincerely flattering 2. favoring the policy or party of the court • courtliness noun II …

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  • 14 courtly — adj. Courtly is used with these nouns: ↑love …

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  • 15 courtly — court|ly [ˈko:tli US ˈko:rtli] adj graceful and polite ▪ a tall man with courtly manners >courtliness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 courtly — adjective graceful and polite: He answered with a courtly bow. courtliness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 courtly — adjective he gave a courtly bow Syn: refined, polished, suave, cultivated, civilized, elegant, urbane, debonair; polite, civil, courteous, gracious, well mannered, well bred, chivalrous, gallant, gentlemanly, ladylike …

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  • 18 courtly — adj. (courtlier, courtliest) 1 polished or refined in manners. 2 obsequious. 3 punctilious. Phrases and idioms: courtly love the conventional medieval tradition of knightly love for a lady, and the etiquette used in its (esp. literary) expression …

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  • 19 courtly — adjective /ˈkɔːtli,ˈkɔrtli/ a) Suitable for a royal court; refined, dignified. b) Obsequious, flattering …

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  • 20 courtly — Synonyms and related words: adulatory, aristocratic, august, bland, blandishing, blarneying, buttery, cajoling, ceremonious, chivalric, chivalrous, civilized, complimentary, conventional, courtierly, dignified, fair spoken, fawning, fine spoken,… …

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