courtesan

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From French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano (courtier), from corte (court), itself from Latin cohors. More at English court.

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courtesan (plural courtesans)

  1. (archaic) A woman of a royal or noble court.
  2. (dated) The mistress of a royal or noble.
  3. A prostitute, especially one with high-status or wealthy clients.

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