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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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Le premier pour avoir ose emettre, sur le plateau, un constat relatif a cette courtisanerie mesquine qui ne saurait echapper a tout un chacun.
La culture de cour qui a investi differents groupes et lignages guerriers, combinee a l'adoption de comportements raffines par diverses corporations (marchandes et agricoles) au debut du second millenaire ont ensemble permis l'essaimage des valeurs ethiques de la courtisanerie dans de nouveaux contextes institutionnels, oo elles se sont superposees pour interagir avec des traditions ethiques preexistantes.
Si dans le paragraphe 16 les "aventuriers" vent opposes aux courtisans, il s'agit en fait dans les deux cas d'une espece de courtisans (18): cas d'hypertrophie de la courtisanerie qui figurent paradoxalement le courtisan ideal et sa caricature, et sa degradation.