The social processes leading to engagement and marriage.

As a social and cultural construct, built upon some pretty hefty biological substrate, it is subject to a great deal of misunderstanding and confusion.

courtship: sexually, the behavior of indicating attraction and of inviting or soliciting attention and a reciprocal response. See also proceptive phase.

Dictionary of Sexology Project: Main Index

Court"ship (k?rt"sh?p), n.


The act of paying court, with the intent to solicit a favor.



The act of wooing in love; solicitation of woman to marriage.

This method of courtship, [by which] both sides are prepared for all the matrimonial adventures that are to follow. Goldsmith.


Courtliness; elegance of manners; courtesy.


Trim gallants, full of courtship and of state. Shak.


Court policy; the character of a courtier; artifice of a court; court-craft; finesse.


She [the Queen] being composed of courtship and Popery. Fuller.


© Webster 1913.

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