[kawr-tee-er, kohr-]
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.

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

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courtier (ˈkɔːtɪə)
1.  an attendant at a court
2.  a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner
[C13: from Anglo-French courteour (unattested), from Old French corteier to attend at court]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from Anglo-Fr. *corteour, O.Fr. *cortoyeur, from cortoyer "to be at court" (see court).
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Example sentences
He is not allowed to form his own courtier and cronies.
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.
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