/kawr"teuh zeuhn, kohr"-, kerr"-/, n.
a prostitute or paramour, esp. one associating with noblemen or men of wealth.
Also, courtezan.
[1540-50; < MF courtisane < It cortigiana, lit., woman of the court, deriv. of corte COURT]

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