[kawr-tee-er, kohr-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. courtesy car,
  2. courtesy card,
  3. courtesy light,
  4. courtesy title,
  5. courthouse,
  6. courting mirror,
  7. courtly,
  8. courtly love,
  9. courtrai,
  10. courtroom

Origin of courtier

1250–1300; Middle English courteour < Anglo-French courte(i)our, equivalent to Old French cortoy(er) to attend at court (derivative of court court) + Anglo-French -our < Latin -ōr- -or2; suffix later conformed to -ier1

Related formsun·der·cour·ti·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for courtiers

British Dictionary definitions for courtiers



an attendant at a court
a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner

Word Origin for courtier

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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