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cour·te·san

 (kôr′tĭ-zən)
n.
A woman prostitute, especially one whose clients are members of a royal court or men of high social standing.

[French courtisane, from Old French, from Old Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano, courtier, from corte, court, from Latin cohors, cohort-; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

courtesan

(ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn) or

courtezan

n
(Historical Terms) (esp formerly) a prostitute, or the mistress of a man of rank
[C16: from Old French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana female courtier, from cortigiano courtier, from corte court]

cour•te•san

(ˈkɔr tə zən, ˈkoʊr-, ˈkɜr-)

n.
a kept woman or prostitute associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
[1540–50; < Middle French courtisane < Upper Italian form of Tuscan cortigiana literally, woman of the court, derivative of corte court; for suffix see partisan1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.courtesan - a woman who cohabits with an important mancourtesan - a woman who cohabits with an important man
kept woman, mistress, fancy woman - an adulterous woman; a woman who has an ongoing extramarital sexual relationship with a man
odalisque - a woman slave in a harem

courtesan

noun (History) mistress, prostitute, whore, call girl, working girl (facetious slang), kept woman, harlot, paramour, scarlet woman, hetaera, demimondaine, fille de joie (French) a courtesan who was kept by some of 16th-century Venice's most powerful men

courtesan

noun
A woman who engages in sexual intercourse for payment:
Slang: hooker, moll.
Idioms: lady of easy virtue, lady of pleasure, lady of the night.
Translations
kéjnőkurtizán
courtisane

courtesan

[ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn] Ncortesana f

courtesan

[ˌkɔːrtɪˈzæn] ncourtisane f

courtesan

nKurtisane f

courtesan

[ˌkɔːtɪˈzæn] ncortigiana
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Suzanne was one of his favorites, a clever, ambitious girl, made of the stuff of a Sophie Arnold, and handsome withal, as the handsomest courtesan invited by Titian to pose on black velvet for a model of Venus; although her face, fine about the eyes and forehead, degenerated, lower down, into commonness of outline.
An Amritzar courtesan near the window sniffed behind her head drapery.
This fine pleasantry made the courtesan laugh, and Jehan left the room.
The government-clerks being led to detest the administrations which lessened both their salaries and their importance, treated them as a courtesan treats an aged lover, and gave them mere work for money; a state of things which would have seemed as intolerable to the administration as to the clerks, had the two parties dared to feel each other's pulse, or had the higher salaries not succeeded in stifling the voices of the lower.
They were Phryne, Cleopatra, Messalina, those three celebrated courtesans.
He nudged Philip when at some revue a woman appeared with practically nothing on, and pointed out to him the most strapping of the courtesans who walked about the hall.
For I suspect that many will not be satisfied with the simpler way of way They will be for adding sofas, and tables, and other furniture; also dainties, and perfumes, and incense, and courtesans, and cakes, all these not of one sort only, but in every variety; we must go beyond the necessaries of which I was at first speaking, such as houses, and clothes, and shoes: the arts of the painter and the embroiderer will have to be set in motion, and gold and ivory and all sorts of materials must be procured.
The legal acts don't leave space for courtesan use.
30pm Even if you're not an opera fan, chances are that you would recognise a few tunes from La Traviata, Giuseppe Verdi's much-loved tale of courtesan Violetta Valery, her dramatic life and tragic death.
The Sing-Song Girls of Shanghai is one of the first full-length novels dedicated to the description of the courtesan life in Shanghai of the last decades of the nineteenth century.
In this world of harlots and hypocrites our fading flower Violetta was presented by Linda Richardson as a tall and elegant, rather independent courtesan whose continuous struggle between idyllic love and material dependency range true.
Associated with glamor and wit, they evoke a charged aesthetic power; as Duncan Salkeld writes, "The myth of the courtesan is that she transforms sex into art" (6).