Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Suitable for a royal court; stately: courtly furniture and pictures.
  • adj. Elegant; refined: courtly manners.
  • adj. Flattering in an insincere way; obsequious.
  • adv. In a courtly manner; elegantly or politely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Suitable for a royal court; refined, dignified.
  • adj. Obsequious, flattering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Relating or belonging to a court.
  • adj. Elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering.
  • adj. Disposed to favor the great; favoring the policy or party of the court; obsequious.
  • adv. In the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or relating to a court or to courts.
  • Elegant; polite; refined; courteous: as, “courtly accents fine,”
  • Disposed to court the great; somewhat obsequious; flattering.
  • In the manner of courts; elegantly; in a gracious or flattering manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court

Etymologies

From court + -ly. (Wiktionary)

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