/kawrt"lee, kohrt"-/, adj., courtlier, courtliest, adv.
1. polite, refined, or elegant: courtly manners.
2. flattering; obsequious.
3. noting, pertaining to, or suitable for the court of a sovereign.
4. in a courtly manner; politely or flatteringly.
[1400-50; late ME; see COURT, -LY]

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