from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A woman prostitute, especially one whose clients are members of a royal court or men of high social standing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A woman of a royal or noble court.
- n. The mistress of a royal or noble.
- n. A prostitute, especially one with high-status or wealthy clients
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman who prostitutes herself for hire; a prostitute; a harlot.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See courtezan, courtezanship.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a woman who cohabits with an important man
French courtisane, from Old French, from Old Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano, courtier, from corte, court, from Latin cohors, cohort-; see gher-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French courtisane, from Italian cortigiana, feminine of cortigiano ‘courtier’, from corte ‘court’. (Wiktionary)