9 Grammatical Pitfalls


[kawr-tee-er, kohr-] /ˈkɔr ti ər, ˈkoʊr-/
a person who is often in attendance at the court of a king or other royal personage.
a person who seeks favor by flattery, charm, etc.
Origin of courtier
1250-1300; Middle English courteour < Anglo-French courte(i)our, equivalent to Old French cortoy(er) to attend at court (derivative of court court) + Anglo-French -our < Latin -ōr- -or2; suffix later conformed to -ier1
Related forms
undercourtier, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for courtier
  • He is not allowed to form his own courtier and cronies.
  • She lived the life of a courtier and bore three children.
  • Burgess makes for an improbable courtier of presidents, or of a senator who might become one.
  • By itself the incident might suggest a consummate courtier.
  • Who looks for a courtier's tongue between the teeth of a clown.
  • Being a fawning courtier to the king, he naturally took a tone of insolent command in dealing with the colony.
British Dictionary definitions for courtier


an attendant at a court
a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French courteour (unattested), from Old French corteier to attend at court
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for courtier

early 13c., from Anglo-French *corteour, from Old French cortoiier "to be at court, live at court" (see court (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for courtier

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for courtier

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with courtier

Nearby words for courtier