In southern France, some usage were yet used in 1484,.In French, some other words more or less related are derived from the word fleur: for instance effleurer (English: lightly touch) from XIII century esflourée; déflorer (English: deflower) from XIII century desflorer or (fleuret (English Foil) XVIII century). Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.In most cultures, both types of flirting may be viewed as cheating if either person is in a monogamous relationship with someone else.Some couples set up rules and boundaries for their partner so one will know what's accepted and what's not.Japanese courtesans had another form of flirting, emphasizing non-verbal relationships by hiding the lips and showing the eyes, as depicted in much Shunga art, the most popular print media at the time, until the late 19th century.The fan was extensively used as a means of communication and therefore a way of flirting from the 16th century onwards in some European societies, especially England and Spain.
According to social anthropologist Kate Fox, there are two main types of flirting: flirting just for fun and flirting with further intent.
He wrote that courtship in both cultures used approximately 30 steps from "first eye contact to the ultimate consummation", but that the sequence of the steps was different.
For example, kissing might be an early step in the American pattern but a relatively intimate act in the English pattern.
Flirting with intent plays a role in the mate-selection process.
The person flirting will send out signals of sexual availability to another, and expects to see the interest returned in order to continue flirting.