Definition of Courtly

1. Adjective. Refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court. "A courtly gentleman"

Exact synonyms: Formal, Stately
Similar to: Dignified
Derivative terms: Court, Court, Court, Courtliness, Formalness, Stateliness



Definition of Courtly

1. a. Relating or belonging to a court.

2. adv. In the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly.

Definition of Courtly

1. Adjective. Suitable for a royal court; refined, dignified. ¹

2. Adjective. Obsequious, flattering. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Courtly

1. stately [adj -LIER, -LIEST] - See also: stately

Courtly Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Courtly

courtiers
courtiery
courting
courtisanerie
courtisaneries
courtless
courtlet
courtlets
courtlier
courtliest
courtlike
courtliness
courtlinesses
courtling
courtlings
courtly (current term)
courtly love
courtroom
courtrooms
courts
courts-baron
courts-leet
courts-martial
courts martial
courts of equity
courts of law
courtsey
courtships
courtside

Literary usage of Courtly

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1. Representative British Dramas: Victorian and Modern by Montrose Jonas Moses (1918)
"YOUNG courtly. I forget all that befell before I saw your beauteous self ; I seem born ... YOUNO courtly. Dear ! Then I am dear to you ; that word once more ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"The courtly epic deals almost exclusively with foreign subjects; its models were derived mostly from France. The subject most in favour was the matière de ..."

3. Trouvères and Troubadours: A Popular Treatise by Pierre Aubry (1914)
"courtly POESY The foregoing compositions are for the most part anonymous; the manuscripts have not preserved for us the name of the poet, and where the ..."

4. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1892)
"courtly MAKERS in the reign of Henry VIII., among whom Wyatt and Surrey were the ... Our "courtly makers" were themselves, in some degree, a product of the ..."

5. The Confessions of S. Augustine: Book I-X. by Augustine (1886)
"... to a lawless passion, a man base and dishonourable would fain be fine and courtly ... I would fain, through excess of vanity, be fine and courtly. ..."

6. The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott (1893)
"To see my favorite's step advance, The lightest in the courtly dance, The cause of every gallant's sigh, And leading star of every eye, And theme of every ..."

7. Personality in German Literature Before Luther by Kuno Francke (1916)
"... THE courtly EPIC OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY PERSONALITY and nationality are closely ... and courtly Epic, in the works of Walther von der Vogelweid*e, ..."

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