courtliness courtliness


  • (n) elegance suggestive of a royal court


  1. Uncombed hair and flannel shirts cried out for a counterattack of sharp dressing and flip courtliness with women.
  2. Kind words and an old-fashioned European courtliness are both part of the Begin style.
  3. Guest Artist Erik Bruhn, particularly when partnering Fracci or Makarova, is still a paragon of courtliness and nobility.


  1. Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter, who coproduced the movie, agreed: "Underneath his craziness, he was a Southern gentleman. He had a courtliness that I totally fell for."
    on Jun 27, 2008 By: Graydon Carter Source: New York Daily News

  2. The phrase carries a "weird touch of courtliness in a savage business. `Would you be so kind just to perhaps merely consider our humble work as worthy of your attention,'" said Shearer, slipping into a haughty British accent. "And what they...
    on Sep 12, 2006 By: Harry Shearer Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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