Courtship



[kawrt-ship, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrt ʃɪp, ˈkoʊrt-/

noun
1.
the wooing of one person by another.
2.
the period during which such wooing takes place.
3.
solicitation of favors, applause, etc.
4.
Ethology. behavior in animals that occurs before and during mating, often including elaborate displays.
5.
Obsolete. courtly behavior; courtesy; gallantry.
/ˈkɔːtʃɪp/
noun
1.
the act, period, or art of seeking the love of someone with intent to marry
2.
the seeking or soliciting of favours
3.
(obsolete) courtly behaviour
n.

1570s, “behavior of a courtier,” from court (n.) + -ship. Meaning “paying court to a woman with intention of marriage” is from 1590s.

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