- a prostitute or paramour, especially one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
Origin of courtesan
Examples from the Web for courtesan
She killed herself in 1925 and she also may have been a courtesan, I discovered a few years ago.Amy Tan: How I Write
December 11, 2013
The look was inspired by Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and the World War I spy Mata Hari.Deconstructing Lady Gaga's 5 Bras in "Applause"
August 19, 2013
The Girl Who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanagh The courtesan who seduced Paris—and inspired Dumas and La Traviata.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 10, 2013
June 10, 2013
“I think what she is doing is an abuse of the word ‘courtesan,’” the escort says.
Three customers have called her for appointments and, when she arrived, asked her if she was the Courtesan.
From the first to the last moment of her reign, she combined the courtesan with the assassin.Ridgeway
For Dawson was at this time the Mecca of the gambler and the courtesan.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
First I hated you, when I dreamed you to be but a courtesan traitress.The Lion's Brood
And the monk touched with his lips the forehead of the courtesan.Thais
In the diffident manner was nothing of the art of the courtesan.Sister Carrie
- (esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
Word Origin and History for courtesan
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.)).