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courtship

[kawrt-ship, kohrt-] /ˈkɔrt ʃɪp, ˈkoʊrt-/
noun
1.
the wooing of one person by another.
2.
the period during which such wooing takes place.
3.
solicitation of favors, applause, etc.
4.
Ethology. behavior in animals that occurs before and during mating, often including elaborate displays.
5.
Obsolete. courtly behavior; courtesy; gallantry.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; court + -ship
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British Dictionary definitions for court ship

courtship

/ˈkɔːtʃɪp/
noun
1.
the act, period, or art of seeking the love of someone with intent to marry
2.
the seeking or soliciting of favours
3.
(obsolete) courtly behaviour
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Word Origin and History for court ship

courtship

n.

1570s, "behavior of a courtier," from court (n.) + -ship. Meaning "paying court to a woman with intention of marriage" is from 1590s.

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