[ kawr-tee-er, kohr- ]
/ ˈkɔr ti ər, ˈkoʊr- /


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

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 forms

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

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British Dictionary definitions for courtiers


/ (ˈkɔːtɪə) /


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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