cour·​tier | \ ˈkȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce courtier (audio) , ˈkȯrt-yər, ˈkȯr-chər \

Definition of courtier

1 : one in attendance at a royal court
2 : one who practices flattery

Examples of courtier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the British media went into meltdown, the royal matriarch moved quickly to take back control, ordering courtiers to sort out a future role for the couple within days. Washington Post, "New year, new headache for queen with Harry and Meghan rift," 11 Jan. 2020 He is tricked into joining a delegation to London by a courtier who has eyes for his wife. Dominic Dromgoole, New York Times, "A Rich, Old-Fashioned Spy Thriller Set in Elizabethan England," 11 Feb. 2020 Her obstacles — sometimes co-opted as pawns — include the beautiful Poppea; the noble, lovelorn general Otho; and a couple of bumbling courtiers. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: The Met Opera Is Handel’s House in ‘Agrippina’," 7 Feb. 2020 The unusual royal gathering follows days of talks among royal courtiers and officials from the U.K. and Canada, and any decisions will take time to be implemented, the palace said. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry meets with Queen Elizabeth at royal summit; Meghan's participation unclear," 14 Jan. 2020 Trump courtiers and wannabes might mill around the lobby of the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue that bears his name. Washington Post, "Partisan warfare rages just steps away. But at the Monocle, ‘You check all that at the door.’," 31 Jan. 2020 Quickly, however, royals and courtiers rallied and, as negotiations over Harry and Meghan’s future took place, updates were released collectively. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Beginning to Tell Their Side of the Story," 24 Feb. 2020 This system was intended to check corruption in provinces and uncover problems, but in practice, it was limited in many ways, filtered through courtiers to a single emperor, who could listen to only so many in a day. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "How the Coronavirus Revealed Authoritarianism’s Fatal Flaw," 22 Feb. 2020 Chrisman-Campbell said that as France’s Louis XIV got older, courtiers started wearing white wigs. Washington Post, "The tie that binds: I’m paying more attention these days to the length of my necktie," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of courtier

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Courtier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of courtier

: a member of a royal court (sense 3b)


court·​i·​er | \ ˈkȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce courtier (audio) \

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: a member of a royal court

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