noun [ U ] uk /ˈkɔːt.li.nəs/ us /ˈkɔːrt.li.nəs/
Examples from literature
- So I declined wine upon general principles when it was offered by the courtly host.
- There was a courtly, old-world sort of look about him.
- They were all looking at me now, and it seemed as though we had passed from courtly phrases, such as fall readily but with little import from a man's lips, and had come to a graver matter.
- With a courtly bow I left them.
- Yet Essex could be generous and knightly with his friends, kind and courtly, at least to his English dependents.