- suitable for a king's court; dignified, polite, elegant, etc.: courtly manners
- flattering, esp. in an obsequious way
Origin of courtlyMiddle English
- Suitable for a royal court; stately: courtly furniture and pictures.
- Elegant; refined: courtly manners.
- Flattering in an insincere way; obsequious.
(comparative courtlier, superlative courtliest)
From court + -ly.