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courtesan

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

Simple Definition of courtesan

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of courtesan

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

Examples of courtesan in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology 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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