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courtesan

[kawr-tuh-zuh n, kohr-, kur-] /ˈkɔr tə zən, ˈkoʊr-, ˈkɜr-/
noun
1.
a prostitute or paramour, especially one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
Also, courtezan.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French courtisane < Italian cortigiana, literally, woman of the court, derivative of corte court
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courtesan

/ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn/
noun
1.
(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
Word Origin
C16: from Old French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana female courtier, from cortigiano courtier, from cortecourt
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Word Origin and History for courtesans

courtesan

n.

early 15c., from Middle French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana "prostitute," literally "woman of the court," fem. of cortigiano "one attached to a court," from corte "court," from Latin cortem (see court (n.)).

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