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courtesan

noun cour·te·san \ˈkr-tə-zən, -ˌzan also ˈkər-, -ˌzän; especially British ˌkr-tə-ˈzan\

: a woman who has sex with rich or important men in exchange for money : a prostitute who has sex with wealthy and powerful men

Full Definition of COURTESAN

:  a prostitute with a courtly, wealthy, or upper-class clientele

Examples of COURTESAN

  1. <the protagonist of the novel is a composite of several real-life courtesans who plied their trade among the decadent aristocracy>

Origin of COURTESAN

Middle French courtisane, from northern Italian dialect form of Italian cortigiana woman courtier, feminine of cortigiano courtier, from corte court, from Latin cohort-, cohors
First Known Use: 1533

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