courtship

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Etymology[edit]

From court +‎ -ship.

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courtship (plural courtships)

  1. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.
  2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.
    • 1968, w:John Updike, Couples, Penguin, 10:
      Their courtship passed as something instantly forgotten, like an enchantment, or a mistake.
  3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.
  4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.

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