courtier

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From Middle English courteour, from Anglo-Norman corteour, Old French cortoiier, from cort (court).

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courtier (plural courtiers)

  1. A person in attendance at a royal court.
  2. A person who flatters in order to seek favour.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, chapter 12, in The Line of Beauty, New York: Bloomsbury, OCLC 1036692193:
      People shouted cheerfully and flinched, but the Prime Minister didn't flinch, she fortified her voice with a firm diapason as if rising to the challenge of a rowdy Chamber. Around her her courtiers started like pheasants.
  3. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the Asian genus Sephisa.

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courtier m (plural courtiers, feminine courtière)

  1. broker; stockbroker

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