[kawrt-lee, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrt li, ˈkoʊrt-/

adjective, courtlier, courtliest.
polite, refined, or elegant:
courtly manners.
flattering; obsequious.
noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the of a sovereign.
in a courtly manner; politely or flatteringly.
adjective -lier, -liest
of or suitable for a royal court
refined in manner

mid-15c., “having manners befitting a court,” from court (n.) + -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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