Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being courtly; elegance of manners; grace of mien; complaisance with dignity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being courtly; elegance or dignity of manners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being courtly; refinement of manners.

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

  • noun elegance suggestive of a royal court

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

courtly +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • To steer things closer to the topic, showing up at the Consulate reminded me of something that, in the frustration of voice mail and websites, I had forgotten: I am dealing with a culture where courtliness is still considered a virtue, and kindness to strangers is routine.

    Any experience with San Francisco consulate?

  • He received them with an easy courtliness, which is more noticeable in the old world than in the new.

    A Splendid Hazard

  • A lifelong civil servant who wraps his sang froid and political toughness in French courtliness, Mr. Trichet generally gets high marks for the way he has managed the E.C.B. He may be the most influential public official on the Continent, the person who most embodies the dream of a single coin for the European realm.

    NYT > Home Page

  • A lifelong civil servant who wraps his sangfroid and political toughness in French courtliness, Mr. Trichet generally gets high marks for the way he has managed the central bank.

    NYT > Home Page

  • A lifelong civil servant who wraps his sang froid and political toughness in French courtliness, Mr. Trichet generally gets high marks for the way he has managed the E.C.B. He may be the most influential public official on the Continent, the person who most embodies the dream of a single coin for the European realm.

    NYT > Global Home

  • GOP leaders seem cut from the same gentlemanly mold from another age of courtliness: Bennett, McConnell, Hatch, Lugar, Grassley.

    The April Rasmussen Trust numbers. | RedState

  • At this point, in a climax of courtliness, one or another of them may mumble, "What?"

    Dorothy's Parker House Rolls: A Jazz Age Recipe

  • There's costumes and courtliness, but this 16th-century saga remains unstuffy.

    This week's new films

  • Clay greeted her with his famous florid courtliness, then turned his attention back to the president.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Tall, well proportioned, and always well dressed, he carried himself in polite society with dignity and courtliness.

    A Country of Vast Designs

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.