courtly courtly  /ˈkɔrt li/


  • (adj) refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court



  1. Attempting to rekindle the interest of a beloved partner by sending them to meet with Gaddhafi would certainly mark a gambit quite unique in the annals of courtly love.
  2. He seems too courtly, too composed.
  3. Whatever the outcome of his matches, his manners remain, well, courtly.


  • GOP Members of Homeland Security Subcommittee Fail Key Test

    When I first came to Washington in 1969, one of the first members of Congress I met and talked to was George Mahon, a courtly, laconic conservative Southern Democrat who happened to be chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. We talked about the committee and its traditions, and he said to me, "If you want to know anything and everything about appropriations, read the Fenno book."
    on June 13, 2013     Source: National Journal via Yahoo! News


  1. In real life, Newman was "the quintessence of class, courtly without being old-fashioned," said Victor Navasky, former editor of the Nation, a liberal magazine in which Newman invested and wrote occasional columns.
    on Sep 27, 2008 By: Victor Navasky Source: Indianapolis Star

  2. "He had a really good sense of what the right and what the appropriate result should be," Fehr said. "He was courteous almost to the point of being courtly."
    on Feb 17, 2008 By: Donald Fehr Source: USA Today

  3. "We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe," Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 1837. "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds."
    on Jun 30, 2007 By: Ralph Waldo Emerson Source: Commentary

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