1. The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.
2. The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.
This method of courtship, [by which] both sides are prepared for all the matrimonial adventures that are to follow. --Goldsmith.
3. Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy. [Obs.]
Trim gallants, full of courtship and of state. --Shak.
4. Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse. [Obs.]
She [the Queen] being composed of courtship and Popery. --Fuller.
n : 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: wooing, courting,