That part of courtship which comes before sex, but after the initial contact. By some conservative (and I use the word loosely) definitions, foreplay happens in the pre-coitus, post-nakedness stage. Others hold however, that foreplay extends all the way to the beginning of the encounter. This may include the food, the dancing, the dinner conversation.
Unfortunately, foreplay is often overlooked. In this, they are missing the easy road to the so called holy grail of sex, the female orgasm.