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courtship (n.)

1570s, "behavior of a courtier," from court (n.) + -ship. Meaning "the wooing of a woman, attention paid by a man to a woman with intention of winning her affection and ultimately her consent to marriage" is from 1590s. By 1830s it was used of a period during which a couple mutually develops a romantic relationship with a view to marriage.

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Definitions of courtship from WordNet

courtship (n.)
a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage);
its was a brief and intense courtship
Synonyms: wooing / courting / suit
From wordnet.princeton.edu