Courtesan

Cour'te┬Ěsan noun [ French courtisane , from courtisan courtier, Italian cortigiano ; or directly from Italian cortigiana , or Spanish cortesana . See Court .] A woman who prostitutes herself for hire; a prostitute; a harlot. « Lasciviously decked like ...
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Courtesan

• (n.) A woman who prostitutes herself for hire; a prostitute; a harlot.
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Courtesan

A courtesan was originally a courtier, which means a person who attends the court of a monarch or other powerful person. The modern use of the term for a prostitute, concubine or mistress of a man of rank belies a much more complex heritage. In feudal society, the court was the centre of government as well as the residence of the monarch, and soci...
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