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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The two men were close friends at Oxford and beyond, with Mr Johnson playing the senior role and Mr Gove being something of a courtier. The Economist, "And then there were two," 20 June 2019 Royal courtiers, medieval Christian merchants, and nineteenth-century British bankers were all guilty of the vices imputed to Jews. Sara Lipton, The New York Review of Books, "A Terribly Durable Myth," 17 June 2019 These courtiers and friends either wanted to quash the Duchess of Sussex’s growing popularity or distract attention from William and Kate’s alleged marital troubles. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Why was Kate Middleton’s alleged ‘rural rival’ for Prince William at Trump’s state banquet?," 6 June 2019 The highest ranking courtier, the Duchess of Rivoli was a 19th-century stylist and confidant, accountable for all of Eugenie’s clothing and jewelry. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Claridge's Newest Hotel Suite Was Inspired by France's Last Empress," 5 June 2019 By the 17th century, progresses had been replaced with masques, musical and dramatic presentations in which the courtiers, and sometimes the royals themselves, participated. Judith Flanders, WSJ, "‘Behind the Throne’ Review: It Takes a Kingdom," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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