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[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
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undercourtier, noun Unabridged
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  • The quick step of Fonseca interrupted the courtier's reverie.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • But of that absence the courtier's enemies well availed themselves.

    Calderon The Courtier Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • There is many a courtier will swear to King Henry to bring him in dead or alive.

    Maid Marian Thomas Love Peacock
  • But no use moralizing—he was always too much of a courtier for me.

  • Why that man has conversation for the prince and the peasant—the courtier and the anchorite.

  • His son had been playing with a courtier and the latter had heedlessly wounded him.

  • There was more stirring in his mind than the mere desire to play the courtier now.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • And her tone told the courtier that his words had been lost upon the morning air.

    Love-at-Arms Raphael Sabatini
  • "You were intended for a courtier, Doctor," said Sir Horace, smiling.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
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
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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
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