Definition of courtship noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːtʃɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrtʃɪp//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] (old-fashioned) the time when two people have a romantic relationship before they get married; the process of developing this relationship They married after a short courtship. Mr Elton’s courtship of Harriet
  2. 2[uncountable] the special way animals behave in order to attract a mate for producing young animals courtship displays
  3. 3[uncountable] courtship (of somebody/something) (formal) the process or act of attracting a business partner, etc. the company’s courtship by the government
  4. Extra examples Because of the war they were obliged to conduct their courtship by post. They often went there together during their courtship. the elaborate courtship display of the pigeon Mr Elton’s courtship of Harriet
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: courtship