Definition of courtly love noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


courtly love

BrE BrE//ˌkɔːtli ˈlʌv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɔːrtli ˈlʌv//
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a tradition in literature, especially in Medieval times, involving the faithful love of a knight for his married lady, with whom he can never have a relationship
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: courtly love