Definitions

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

  • n. The act, process, or period of courting.
  • n. Zoology Specialized behavior in animals that leads to or initiates mating.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.
  • n. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.
  • n. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.
  • n. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.
  • n. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.
  • n. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.
  • n. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of paying court to dignitaries, especially for the purpose of gaining favors; the paying of interested respect and attention; the practices of a courtier.
  • n. The wooing of a woman; the series of attentions paid by a man to a woman for the purpose of gaining her love and ultimately her hand in marriage, or the mutual interest engendered and avowed between them, antecedent to a declaration of love or an engagement of marriage.
  • n. Courtly behavior; refinement; elegance of manners, speech, etc., such as is becoming at court.
  • n. Political artifice; court policy; finesse.

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

  • n. a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage)

Etymologies

From court +‎ -ship. (Wiktionary)

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