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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano (courtier), from corte (court), itself from Latin cohors. More at English court.

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK)(non-rhotic) IPA(key): /kɔːtɪˈzæn/, /ˈkɔːtɪzæn/, /ˈkɔːtɪzən/
  • (UK)(rhotic) IPA(key): /kɔɹtɪˈzæn/, /ˈkɔɹtɪzæn/, /ˈkɔɹtɪzən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɔɹtɪzən/, /ˈkɔɹtɪzæn/

NounEdit

courtesan (plural courtesans)

  1. (archaic) A woman of a royal or noble court.
  2. (dated) The mistress of a royal or noble.
  3. A prostitute, especially one with high-status or wealthy clients.

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