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

Examples of courtier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web London was a tough market to crack, but the estate of the lady’s courtier-husband was one of many in the countryside — this one, 100 miles north in Norfolk county. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 To our eyes, the African prince is more beautiful in his isolation than the fancy courtier in his reflected white glory. . . . Armond White, National Review, 20 Oct. 2021 His staggeringly beautiful painting of a young woman, wife of a London courtier, sits dead ahead on the entry wall. Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2021 The most imposing sculpture is a 17th-century metal plaque showing the figure of a royal courtier in high relief. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 The courtier stands frontally, feet planted firmly yet miraculously on thin air. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 Four days after Prince Philip’s death, the queen attended a retirement ceremony for a royal courtier who had been instrumental in planning her husband’s funeral. Max Colchester, WSJ, 18 Apr. 2021 As Blanding relates, McCarthy’s approach to this vexing question centers on Elizabethan courtier and famed Plutarch translator Sir Thomas North. Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 31 Mar. 2021 One of the earliest Lowes to have survived, a short flapper-style dress from 1926, is the costume for a Gasparilla courtier that might have come from les petites mains of Lesage. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of courtier

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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court·​i·​er | \ ˈkȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce courtier (audio) \

Kids Definition of courtier

: a member of a royal court

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