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

  • n. An idealized and often illicit form of love celebrated in the literature of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in which a knight or courtier devotes himself to a noblewoman who is usually married and feigns indifference to preserve her reputation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mediaeval European conception of noble and chivalrous love, generally secret and between members of the nobility.

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

  • n. (Middle Ages) a highly conventionalized code of conduct for lovers


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • What is stressed in both the Grail legends and the courtly love tradition of the troubadours is the spiritual elevation of, and respect for, women.

    The Templar Revelation

  • Much of the courtly love tradition involves the understanding of specific techniques, for example, that of maithuna, the deliberate withholding of orgasm to induce sensations of bliss and mystical awareness.

    The Templar Revelation


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

  • From the Tweets:
    “have we addressed the potential of courtly love/courtney love as the basis for a joke” -- @Munq

    March 26, 2012