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



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