- 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
Examples from the Web for courtier
Contemporary Examples of courtier
But the essence of Disraeli's genius as a courtier was his ability to make it all about her.Bachelor Brad Womack's Hidden Brilliance
February 20, 2011
Historical Examples of courtier
But of that absence the courtier's enemies well availed themselves.
The quick step of Fonseca interrupted the courtier's reverie.
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.
- an attendant at a court
- a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner
Word Origin for courtier
early 13c., from Anglo-French *corteour, from Old French cortoiier "to be at court, live at court" (see court (n.)).