1. [syn: courtship, wooing, courting, suit]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Courtship \Court"ship\ (k?rt"sh?p), n.
1. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a
2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to
This method of courtship, [by which] both sides are
prepared for all the matrimonial adventures that are
to follow. --Goldsmith.
3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy. [Obs.]
Trim gallants, full of courtship and of state.
4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a
court; court-craft; finesse. [Obs.]
She [the Queen] being composed of courtship and
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a
woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief
and intense courtship" [syn: courtship, wooing,