Definition of courtier in English:


Syllabification: cour·ti·er
Pronunciation: /ˈkôrdēər
, ˈkôrCHər


A person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen.
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  • The four knights were immediately recognised as royal courtiers and ushered into the Archbishop's private chambers.
  • Some of those allegedly cheated are said to be close friends of Prince Albert - and two royal courtiers were among Fogwell's employees.
  • Like the king's courtiers, the princesses had to leave a room walking backward in the king's presence.
attendant, lord, lady, lady-in-waiting, steward, page, squire


Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Old French cortoyer 'be present at court', from cort (see court).

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