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

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At the court of Louis XIV, courtiers wore embroidered pink frock coats with their red heels. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fall’s 50 Shades . . . of Pink," 27 Mar. 2019 Under the British monarchy, courtiers paid kings for the privilege to fine. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Fines and Punishment," 29 Nov. 2018 The Replica of Sarah Ferguson's Wedding Dress In Fergie's case, up-and-coming London courtier Lindka Cierach created both gowns in complete secrecy in advance of her July 23, 1986, nuptials to Prince Andrew. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Duplicate Royal Wedding Dresses," 20 Sep. 2018 Only elite women adopted the unveiled and mixed-gender socializing that the kings, queens, and courtiers were trying to popularize. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018 In Europe, the first modern political memoir was written by the Duc de Saint-Simon (1675-1755), a frustrated courtier at Versailles who took revenge on Louis XIV with his pen. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "The Tradition of Telling All," 30 Nov. 2018 His story of dreamy lovers split apart by scheming courtiers is also a protest against rulers, like the unseen duke, whose riches are wrung from the blood of their people. Laura Collins-hughes, New York Times, "Review: Pulled Apart by ‘Love and Intrigue’," 8 June 2018 And Washington is revealed once again as our modern Versailles, a place of courtiers and lickspittles who’d use the Ministry of Justice to serve their ambitions. John Kass,, "Obama’s silky lie and FBI bias in the Clinton investigation," 15 June 2018 Even Ludwig’s enemies—the courtiers for whom Wagner’s genius was a pernicious myth; the doctors and diplomats who conspired to declare Ludwig mad—are quite believably depicted. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "A Momentous Wagnerian Film," 15 June 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 How to pronounce courtier (audio) \

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: a member of a royal court

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