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.
The look was inspired by Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and the World War I spy Mata Hari.
The Girl Who Loved Camellias by Julie Kavanagh The courtesan who seduced Paris—and inspired Dumas and La Traviata.
“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.
If ever there were one, she would relapse into the courtesan in Paradise.
She was no longer the courtesan; she was an angel rising after a fall.
I have struggled hard against it, but it seems that I am doomed to end in being a courtesan.The Princess of Bagdad|Alexandre Dumas
Madame Roguin thus became sovereign mistress of the situation, and treated her husband as a courtesan treats an elderly lover.Rise and Fall of Cesar Birotteau|Honore de Balzac
The temple was too well guarded for a courtesan to be able to enter it.Ancient Manners|Pierre Louys
British Dictionary definitions for courtesan
Word Origin for courtesan
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.)).