courtesan

[kawr-tuh-zuhn, kohr-, kur-]
noun
a prostitute or paramour, especially one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
Also, courtezan.


Origin:
1540–50; < Middle French courtisane < Italian cortigiana, literally, woman of the court, derivative of corte court

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courtesan or courtezan (ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn)
 
n
(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
 
[C16: from Old French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana female courtier, from cortigiano courtier, from cortecourt]
 
courtezan or courtezan
 
n
 
[C16: from Old French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana female courtier, from cortigiano courtier, from cortecourt]

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courtesan
1549, from M.Fr. courtisane, from It. cortigiana "prostitute," lit. "woman of the court," fem. of cortigiano "one attached to a court," from corte "court," from L. cortem (see court).
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Example sentences
Besides, she was already twenty, and twenty means old age for a courtesan.
On the left, an uncultured yet gentle boatman helps a courtesan onto a boat to take her to an appointment.
Even more shocking was the frank honesty of the courtesan: her boldness-not nudity-offended.
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