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Meaning of COURTLY

Pronunciation:  'kowrtlee

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"

COURTLY is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: dignified, elegant, formal, stately



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Court"ly\ (-l?), a. [From {Court}.]
    1. Relating or belonging to a court.
    2. Elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering.
             In courtly company or at my beads.    --Shak.
    3. Disposed to favor the great; favoring the policy or party
       of the court; obsequious. --Macaulay.
  2. \Court"ly\, adv.
    In the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly.
          They can produce nothing so courtly writ. --Dryden
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