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[kawr-tee-er, kohr-]
  1. a person who is often in attendance at the court of a king or other royal personage.
  2. a person who seeks favor by flattery, charm, etc.
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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
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  1. an attendant at a court
  2. a person who seeks favour in an ingratiating manner
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Word Origin

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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