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courtier

[kawr-tee-er, kohr-] /ˈkɔr ti ər, ˈkoʊr-/
noun
1.
a person who is often in attendance at the court of a king or other royal personage.
2.
a person who seeks favor by flattery, charm, etc.
Origin
1250-1300
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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undercourtier, noun
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courtier

/ˈkɔːtɪə/
noun
1.
an attendant at a court
2.
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
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Word Origin and History for under-courtier

courtier

n.

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

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