Definition of courtship in English:


Syllabification: court·ship
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrtˌSHip


  • 1A period during which a couple develop a romantic relationship, especially with a view to marriage.
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    • 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, love affair, affair; engagement
  • 1.1Behavior designed to persuade someone to marry or develop a romantic relationship with one: he was eventually successful in his patient courtship of Dorothy
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    • So, too, men and women seem to be different, at least when it comes to courtship behavior.
    • Real courtship is about persuasion, not marketing, and the techniques of the laboratory cannot help us translate the motivations of the heart.
    • In this study early courtship behavior, as measured by telephone calling patterns, emerged as a significant variable.
    wooing, courting, suit, pursuit
  • 1.2The behavior of male birds and other animals aimed at attracting a mate.
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    • 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.
  • 1.3The process of attempting to win a person’s favor or support: the country’s courtship of foreign investors

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