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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An attendant at a sovereign's court.
  • noun One who seeks favor, especially by insincere flattery or obsequious behavior.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who attends or frequents the court of a sovereign or other high dignitary.
  • noun One who courts or solicits the favor of another; one who possesses the art of gaining favor by address and complaisance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who is in attendance at the court of a prince; one who has an appointment at court.
  • noun One who courts or solicits favor; one who flatters.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A person in attendance at a royal court.
  • noun A person who flatters in order to seek favour.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an attendant at the court of a sovereign

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English courteour, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French cortoier, to be at a royal court, from cort, court; see court.]

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