Meaning of “courtly” in the English Dictionary

"courtly" in British English

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courtlyadjective

uk /ˈkɔːt.li/ us /ˈkɔːrt.li/
courtliness
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. 

(Definition of “courtly” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)