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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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 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

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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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