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courtesan

[ kawr-tuh-zuhn, kur- ]
/ ˈkɔr tə zən, ˈkɜr- /
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noun
(especially in historical use) a mistress, paramour, or prostitute, especially one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
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Origin of courtesan

First recorded in 1540–50; from Middle French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana, literally, “woman of the court,” derivative of corte court
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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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