courtesan

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

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 —see 1court


First Known Use: 1533


COURTESAN Defined for English Language Learners

courtesan

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

Definition of courtesan for English Language Learners

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



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