courtesan

  • 1 Courtesan — Cour te*san (k?r t? z?n; 277), n. [F. courtisane, fr. courtisan courtier, It. cortigiano; or directly fr. It. cortigiana, or Sp. cortesana. See {Court}.] A woman who prostitutes herself for hire; a prostitute; a harlot. [1913 Webster]… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 courtesan — early 15c., from M.Fr. courtisane, from It. cortigiana prostitute, lit. woman of the court, fem. of cortigiano one attached to a court, from corte court, from L. cortem (see COURT (Cf. court)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 courtesan — is pronounced kor tǝ zan, with stress on the last syllable …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 courtesan — ► NOUN ▪ a prostitute, especially one with wealthy or upper class clients. ORIGIN French courtisane, from obsolete Italian cortigiana female courtier …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 courtesan — [kôrt′ə zən, kôrt΄ə zan′; ] also, esp.formerly, [kʉrt′ə z n] n. [Fr courtisane < It cortigiana, a prostitute, orig., court lady < corte, court < VL curtis: see COURT] a prostitute; esp., a mistress of a king, or a man of wealth or… …

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  • 6 Courtesan — For other uses, see Courtesan (disambiguation). Relationships …

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  • 7 courtesan — UK [ˌkɔː(r)tɪˈzæn] / US [ˌkɔrtəˈzæn] noun [countable] Word forms courtesan : singular courtesan plural courtesans in the past, a woman who had sex with rich and important men in exchange for money, protection, and status …

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  • 8 courtesan — [[t]kɔ͟ː(r)tɪzæ̱n, AM zən[/t]] courtesans N COUNT In former times, a courtesan was a woman who had sexual relationships with rich and powerful men for money …

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  • 9 courtesan —    a prostitute    In the 15th century, it referred to someone at court. The derivation is more likely to be from the Italian cortigiana, despite the morals of Tudor courtiers:     He regularly visited a famous courtesan in the Srinegar bazaar… …

    How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • 10 courtesan — noun Etymology: Middle French courtisane, from northern Italian dialect form of Italian cortigiana woman courtier, feminine of cortigiano courtier, from corte court, from Latin cohort , cohors Date: 1533 a prostitute with a courtly, wealthy, or …

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  • 11 courtesan — /kawr teuh zeuhn, kohr , kerr /, n. a prostitute or paramour, esp. one associating with noblemen or men of wealth. Also, courtezan. [1540 50; < MF courtisane < It cortigiana, lit., woman of the court, deriv. of corte COURT] * * * …

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  • 12 courtesan — noun /ˈkɔːtɪzæn/ a) A woman of a royal or noble court. b) The mistress of a royal or noble …

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  • 13 courtesan — Synonyms and related words: Aspasia, Delilah, Jezebel, Messalina, Phryne, Thais, adventuress, demimondaine, demimonde, demirep, fancy woman, femme fatale, harem girl, hetaera, houri, kept woman, odalisque, paphian, seductress, temptress, vamp,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 14 courtesan — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. harlot, prostitute. See impurity. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. mistress, concubine, whore; see mistress 2 , prostitute . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. prostitute, mistress, harlot, kept woman,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 15 courtesan — cour|te|san [ˌko:tıˈzæn US ˈko:rtızən] n [Date: 1500 1600; : French; Origin: courtisane, from Old Italian cortigiana female courtier , from corte court ] a woman who had sex with rich or important men for money in the past →↑prostitute …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 courtesan — cour|te|san [ ,kɔrtə zæn ] noun count in the past, a woman who had sex with rich and important men in exchange for money, protection, and status …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 courtesan — cour·te·san || ‚kɔːtɪ zæn n. prostitute with an upper class clientele …

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  • 18 courtesan — [ˌkɔ:tɪ zan, kɔ:tɪ ] noun a prostitute, especially one with wealthy or upper class clients. Origin C16: from Fr. courtisane, from obs. Ital. cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano courtier …

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  • 19 courtesan — n. [Written also Courtezan.] Prostitute, whore, harlot, strumpet, punk, wench, drab, trull, quean, rig, wanton, frail sister, Cyprian, night walker, street walker, lewd woman woman of the town, woman of ill fame, public woman, demirep, fille de… …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 20 courtesan — noun (C) a woman in former times who had sex with rich or important men for money …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English