courtesan

or cour·te·zan

[ kawr-tuh-zuhn, kohr-, kur- ]
/ ˈkɔr tə zən, ˈkoʊr-, ˈkɜr- /

noun

a prostitute or paramour, especially one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.

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Origin of courtesan

1540–50; <Middle French courtisane<Italian cortigiana, literally, woman of the court, derivative of cortecourt
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British Dictionary definitions for courtesan

courtesan

courtezan

/ (ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn) /

noun

(esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank

Word Origin for courtesan

C16: from Old French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana female courtier, from cortigiano courtier, from corte court
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