Definition of courtier
1 : one in attendance at a royal court
2 : one who practices flattery
Recent Examples of courtier from the Web
If McMaster is willing to trade his good name for a chance to whisper in Trump’s ear, he’s no different than Jared Kushner, Steve Bannon, Paul Ryan, or any of the other courtiers bending the knee before Trump.
Markle’s unconventional background and red carpet experience mean her sartorial choices are likely to appease courtiers and fashion critics.
At the Palace of Versailles, courtiers regarded the drink as an aphrodisiac.
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First Known Use of courtier
COURTIER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of courtier for English Language Learners
: a member of a royal court (sense 3b)
COURTIER Defined for Kids
Definition of courtier for Students
: a member of a royal court
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