cour·​tier ˈkȯr-tē-ər How to pronounce courtier (audio)
: one in attendance at a royal court
: one who practices flattery

Examples of courtier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Duke of Edinburgh died one month before his 100th birthday, and COVID restrictions even changed how courtiers communicated the news. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 The poet, a courtier named Yukihira, was a provincial governor who, by some accounts, was exiled to Suma Bay, a famous stretch of coastline in western Japan. Paul S. Atkins, The Conversation, 12 Mar. 2024 Princess Anne walked into a room where King Charles was surrounded by courtiers. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2023 The Times of London quoted courtiers who also said that the king was tired from his previous day’s hospital procedure. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, 9 Feb. 2024 On Tuesday, courtiers released a statement about the title changes that will affect Queen Margrethe, Crown Prince Frederik, Crown Princess Mary and Prince Christian. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 2 Jan. 2024 Moctezuma is a capricious ruler who executes courtiers for minute breaches of protocol and who might just lose an entire kingdom for want of a horse. Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024 Just like the reign change from Queen Elizabeth to King Charles in Great Britain, Danish courtiers said that King Frederik’s cipher would slowly replace his mother’s monogram in places like military uniforms. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 And yet, the narrative peddled by Trump and his courtiers conveniently presupposes that Republicans didn’t start losing big at the ballot box until the summer of 2022. Noah Rothman, National Review, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of courtier was in the 14th century

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“Courtier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a person in attendance to a ruler at a royal court
: a person who practices flattery

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