- 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
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Examples from the Web for courtiers
But then the courtiers and her son Edward, the new King Edward VIII (himself a notoriously debauched figure), began cleaning up.
The courtiers were an effete and in some cases epicene crew.
Avoid war; don't trust flatterers, courtiers and ministers; and most importantly 'retrieve the glory of the Throne'.How To Be a King, Circa 1749
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More surprising still, the spirit addressed the courtiers by their real names.
Courtiers said it would have been impossible to complete the trip on scheduled services.The Nine Juiciest Bits from The Royal Accounts
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Like many of the courtiers, Mistress Fitton affected the society of the players.The Man Shakespeare
All the courtiers were amazed and confounded, and Sir Oliver the most of all.Biographical Stories
Several of the courtiers were following his example in the latter respect.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
In the faces and behaviour of the courtiers, as in a glass, he saw reflected the truth.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
The King thought so too; so they sent five courtiers to ask her to the feast.
- an attendant at a court
- 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 and History for courtiers
early 13c., from Anglo-French *corteour, from Old French cortoiier "to be at court, live at court" (see court (n.)).
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