A courtship may be an informal and private matter between two people or may be a public affair, or a formal arrangement with family approval.Traditionally, in the case of a formal engagement, it has been perceived that it is the role of a male to actively "court" or "woo" a female, thus encouraging her to understand him and her receptiveness to a proposal of marriage.The average duration of courtship varies considerably throughout the world.

The matchmaker and parents will often exert pressure on the couple to decide whether they want to marry or not after a few dates.

Courtship in the Philippines is one known complex form of courtship.

Unlike what is regularly seen in other societies, it takes a far more subdued and indirect approach.

Ivory French casket with scenes of romances – possibly a courtship gift.

Courtship is the systematic process that one undergoes in order to ensure compatibility with a lifelong partner.

Walters Art Museum Courtship is the period in a couple's relationship which precedes their engagement and marriage, or establishment of an agreed relationship of a more enduring kind.

During courtship, a couple get to know each other and decide if there will be an engagement or other such agreement.

Courtship may be completely omitted, as in cases of some arranged marriages where the couple do not meet before the wedding.

In the United Kingdom, a poll of 3,000 While the date is fairly casual in most European-influenced cultures, in some traditional societies, courtship is a highly structured activity, with very specific formal rules.

In some societies, the parents or community propose potential partners, and then allow limited dating to determine whether the parties are suited.

In Japan, there is a such type of courtship called Omiai, with similar practices called "Xiangqin" (相親) in the Greater China Area.