Definition of courtly in English:

courtly

Line breaks: court¦ly
Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːtli
 
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adjective (courtlier, courtliest)

Very polite or refined, as befitting a royal court: he gave a courtly bow
More example sentences
  • Thus the most elaborate arrangements pertained to the royal or courtly bath culture.
  • Literate North India, for its part, laments the transformation of a Delhi that was once a byword for elegant poetry, Mughal manners and courtly civilisation.
  • Taking a moment, he opened the doors for them, helping them out and giving each a courtly bow and a gentle kiss on the cheek.
Synonyms
refined, polished, cultivated, cultured, civilized, stylish, elegant, sophisticated, urbane, suave, debonair; polite, civil, courteous, gracious, well mannered, well bred, chivalrous, gallant, gentlemanly, ladylike, honourable, genteel, aristocratic, dignified, decorous, formal, ceremonious, stately, proper
informal couth
archaic gentle

Derivatives

courtliness

noun
More example sentences
  • The occasional courtliness of his manner has produced many forgettable poems, but he has no nostalgia for or tolerance of the disastrous grand narratives of the masters of Modernism.
  • The Italian greets me with great courtliness: first relieving me of my burdens, then bowing gracefully, his lips remaining just a hair's breadth above my extended hand.
  • I bet it also gave him an air of courtliness that helped him get people to talk - the kind he wanted to hear.

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