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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɔɹtiɚ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɔːtɪə/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- (rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈko(ː)ɹtiɚ/
- (non-rhotic, without the horse–hoarse merger) IPA(key): /ˈkoətɪə/
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)tiə(ɹ)
courtier (plural courtiers)
- A person in attendance at a royal court.
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- By the Lord, Horatio, this three years I have taken note of it, the age is grown so picked that the toe of the peasant comes so near the heel of the courtier he galls his kibe.
- A person who flatters in order to seek favour.
- 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, chapter 12, in The Line of Beauty, New York: Bloomsbury, OCLC 1036692193:
- People shouted cheerfully and flinched, but the Prime Minister didn't flinch, she fortified her voice with a firm diapason as if rising to the challenge of a rowdy Chamber. Around her her courtiers started like pheasants.
- (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the Asian genus Sephisa.
attendant at a royal court
a person who flatters in order to seek favour