Definition of courtesan
: a prostitute with a courtly, wealthy, or upper-class clientele
Examples of courtesan in a Sentence
the protagonist of the novel is a composite of several real-life courtesans who plied their trade among the decadent aristocracy
Recent Examples of courtesan from the Web
French soprano Norah Amsellem performs the starring role of the courtesan Violetta Valéry.
Violetta, a high-end courtesan and the opera’s title character, is celebrating her recovery from an illness, when Alfredo, a bourgeois from the provinces, confesses his love for her.
The tragic love affair between Alfredo and the courtesan Violetta was recorded in 2015 at the Festspielhaus in Baden Baden, Germany.
Had Jack the Ripper not made his dramatic appearance a year later, Freundschuh convincingly argues, the courtesan killings would have entered into the historical annals.
Hannity, as a Trump courtesan with a giant cable and radio audience, is a newsmaker.
The rivalry between Wells’s daughters, Emily and Charlotte, the former a virgin, the latter a high-society courtesan.
One was a courtesan, the other a divorcée; both flouted the conventions of their milieux.
A few years later, in 1763, Casanova was himself fleeced in a convoluted scam by a young French-Swiss courtesan, Marie Ann Charpillon, and her mother, in London’s Soho.
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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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