Definition of courtier
1 : one in attendance at a royal court
2 : one who practices flattery
Recent Examples of courtier from the Web
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.
Donald Trump, by contrast, relies on courtiers who whisper in his ears.
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.
The melancholy courtier Jaques, usually an object of humor, is portrayed by Jomar Tagatac as hanging on by a thread, manic and always a hair’s breadth away from sobbing.
The parasitic royal courtiers of Brazil’s 19th century morphed into the parasitic civil servants of its 20th.
Markle’s unconventional background and red carpet experience mean her sartorial choices are likely to appease courtiers and fashion critics.
The courtier who bested Bannon, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, and the more conventional voices on foreign policy were ascendant.
The courtiers, having entered, brought furnaces and massy hammers and welded the bolts.
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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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