1. The quality of being courtly; refinement of manners.
2. To steer things closer to the topic, showing up at the Consulate reminded me of something that, in the frustration of voice mail and websites, I had forgotten: I am dealing with a culture where courtliness is still considered a virtue, and kindness to strangers is routine.
3. He received them with an easy courtliness, which is more noticeable in the old world than in the new.
4. A lifelong civil servant who wraps his sang froid and political toughness in French courtliness, Mr. Trichet generally gets high marks for the way he has managed the E.C.B. He may be the most influential public official on the Continent, the person who most embodies the dream of a single coin for the European realm.