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Definition of courtesan noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

courtesan

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːrtɪzn//
 
 
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(in the past) a prostitute, especially one with rich customers Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from French courtisane, from obsolete Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano ‘courtier’, from corte, from Latin cohors, cohort- ‘yard or retinue’.
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