AskDefine | Define courtly

Dictionary Definition

courtly adj : refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman" [syn: elegant, formal, stately] [also: courtliest, courtlier]

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English

Etymology

From court + -ly.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈkɔ:tli/ italbrac RP
  • /ˈkɔrtli/ italbrac US

Adjective

  1. Suitable for a royal court; refined, dignified.
  2. Obsequious, flattering.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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