cour·tier | \ ˈkȯr-tē-ər , ˈkȯrt-yər , ˈkȯr-chər \

Definition of courtier 

1 : one in attendance at a royal court

2 : one who practices flattery

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Previous generations of royals picked courtiers and royals (both British and foreign) reflecting their esteem and respect. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Prince William and Kate Middleton Picked Prince Louis's Godparents," 9 July 2018 Thailand’s Prime Minister is never far from doting courtiers in Bangkok’s 1920s Government House, a neo-Gothic building stippled with classical nudes and one particularly plump jade Buddha. Time, "Thailand’s Leader Promised to Restore Democracy. Instead He's Tightening His Grip," 21 June 2018 The difference is that the Chevalier D’Eon — courtier, spy, soldier, diplomat, memoirist and someone who lived as both a man and a woman — was entirely real. Kerry Reid,, "'Monsieur D’Eon is a Woman': Spies, diplomats, intrigue — and based on a true story," 4 June 2018 His wife, incarcerated for misbehaving with a dashing Swedish courtier, remained in Germany. Miranda Seymour, New York Times, "Royal Ladies, Royal Intrigue," 1 June 2018 Centuries of royal weddings have been private gatherings for family and courtiers. Patt Morrison,, "After centuries of practice, Britain's royals figure out how to turn a wedding into a global watch party," 17 May 2018 As depicted on the hit Netflix series The Crown, whispering courtiers – along with Elizabeth’s father King George VI – had reservations about Philip Mountbatten, a young, dashing naval officer. Simon Perry,, "How the Queen Fought to Marry the Love of Her Life, Prince Philip," 10 June 2018 Accustomed to being coddled by courtiers, Margaret is entranced by the exotic appeal of someone who has no regard or seeming respect for the royal family. Julie Miller, HWD, "The Crown: Vanessa Kirby Takes Us Inside Princess Margaret’s “Sexual Awakening”," 8 June 2018 This new opera by the composer George Benjamin and the playwright Martin Crimp centers on a love triangle inspired by the relationship between King Edward II of England and his courtier Piers Gaveston. Sara Aridi, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Tale’ and ‘From Here to Eternity’," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of courtier

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of courtier

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


court·i·er | \ ˈkȯr-tē-ər \

Kids Definition of courtier

: a member of a royal court

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