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Wordnet 3.0

NOUN (1)

1. a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage);
- Example: "its was a brief and intense courtship"
[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 favor. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage. [1913 Webster] This method of courtship, [by which] both sides are prepared for all the matrimonial adventures that are to follow. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster] 3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Trim gallants, full of courtship and of state. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She [the Queen] being composed of courtship and Popery. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

courtship 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, courting, suit]