Definition of courtliness in US English:

courtliness

noun

  • See courtly

    • ‘And courtliness certainly involved making a good impression on one's audience, as courtesy still does today.’
    • ‘Within this improbable framework, the poet has incorporated a discussion of courtliness and love which is not without sophistication.’
    • ‘The Italian greets me with great courtliness: first relieving me of my burdens, then bowing gracefully, his lips remaining just a hair's breadth above my extended hand.’
    • ‘I bet it also gave him an air of courtliness that helped him get people to talk - the kind he wanted to hear.’
    • ‘Such ferocious good cheer and courtliness prevails that you may find yourself expecting someone to click his heels.’
    • ‘His diligence and his attention - his courtliness too - all seem out of another era.’
    • ‘Analects passages such as these made Confucius the model of courtliness and personal decorum for countless generations of Chinese officials.’
    • ‘The occasional courtliness of his manner has produced many forgettable poems, but he has no nostalgia for or tolerance of the disastrous grand narratives of the masters of Modernism.’

Pronunciation

courtliness

/ˈkɔrtlinəs//ˈkôrtlēnəs/