Definition of courtship in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːtʃɪp/


1A period during which a couple develop a romantic relationship before getting married: he married his wife after a whirlwind courtship
More example sentences
  • Highly romantic courtships don't guarantee living happily ever after, but they are associated with a longer road to divorce.
  • Much Ado About Nothing portrays the return from war of Don Pedro and his men and the subsequent courtships, flirtations, practical joking and witty conversations.
  • The women who read the celebrity rags fantasize about fabulous courtships, fairy tale weddings, romantic honeymoons, and the everlasting bonding of parenting.
romance, affair, love affair, going out, going steady, dating, engagement, keeping company
1.1 [mass noun] Behaviour designed to persuade someone to marry or develop a romantic relationship with one: his courtship of Emma was idyllically happy
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  • Enter the romantic plot of heterosexual courtship and marriage, which deploys its forward-looking, more inclusive and reproductive vision via a traffic in women.
  • Love, courtship, marriage, the existence of children, her husband's illness and death, are stated unemotionally.
  • Only an initiated man is ready to withstand the dangers of courtship and marriage.
wooing, courting, suit, pursuit, attentions, advances, blandishments
archaic addresses
1.2 [mass noun] The behaviour of male birds and other animals aimed at attracting a mate.
Example sentences
  • In courtship, the male attracts the female with an aerial display.
  • In arena trials, females that were exercised to exhaustion before courtship mated with smaller males than did control females.
  • During courtship, males sing to defend their territories and attract mates.
1.3 [mass noun] The action of attempting to win a person’s favour or support: the country’s courtship of foreign investors

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