• WordNet 3.6
    • n courtesan a woman who cohabits with an important man
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Greece, courtesans wore sandals with nails studded into the sole so that their footprints would leave the message "Follow me".
    • n Courtesan A woman who prostitutes herself for hire; a prostitute; a harlot. "Lasciviously decked like a courtesan ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n courtesan See courtezan, courtezanship.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Courtesan kōrt′e-zan a court-mistress: a woman of the town, a whore.
    • n Courtesan kōrt′e-zan or kurt′e-zan, a court-mistress: a woman of the town, a whore.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. courtisane, fr. courtisan, courtier, It. cortigiano,; or directly fr. It. cortigiana, or Sp. cortesana,. See Court
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—It. cortigiana.


In literature:

Not courtesan or even harlot.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Mistresses and courtesans have always played a considerable part in political intrigue.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
This seduction of men by women is often the starting-point of a young man's association with courtesans.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Nor must we forget that study of the "Two Courtesans" in the Museo Civico, full of the sarcasm of a deep realism.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Courtesans sent to seduce him are turned by his mere aspect into Christians and martyrs.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The courtesan, reclining on the Greek's breast, fondled his hair.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
How can you think of amusing the noble ladies here present with your courtesans?
"Specimens of German Romance" by Carl Franz van der Velde
My thoughts are my courtesans.
"Library of the World's Best literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 12" by Various
These courtesans made an art of the life of pleasure.
"Greek Women" by Mitchell Carroll
Priest-like on one side, he resembles the courtesan on the other.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo

In poetry:

She is too fair for any man
To see or hold his heart's delight,
Fairer than Queen or courtesan
Or moonlit water in the night.
"La Bella Donna Della Mia Mente" by Oscar Wilde
Her legs flexed in the air like a courtesan,
Burning and sweating venomously,
Calmly exposed its belly, ironic and wan,
Clamorous with foul ecstasy.
"A Carrion" by Allen Tate

In news:

Guoman Hotels' The Grosvenor Hotel Victoria uncovers the ' Courtesan 's Boudoir'.
Guoman Hotels' The Grosvenor Hotel has revealed its past connection to one of the most risqué residents of 1870s London, with the launch of its opulent ' Courtesan 's Boudoir'.
" Geishas are not courtesans, not wives," Sayuri learns, although she's seen Hatsumomo become intimate with a male client.
Be sure to join us on Saturday, April 14th, from 1 to 4 pm, for Giuseppe Verdi 's eternally popular opera La Traviata - the tale of a conflicted courtesan, her devoted lover, and his disapproving father.
Courtesans' Costumes Redeemed as Couture.
In Belle Époque Paris, discerning the difference between a courtesan and a respectable society lady was no easy matter.
Actor Eddie Mekka, center, struggles to grasp the concept of Roman courtesans as the leading role of Pseudolus in TheatreZone's production of "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum".
Name a political leader or potentate of the era, a treaty or a treatise or a tax collectors' log, a distant war or nearby plague, a pope or architect or courtesan — they will be included here.
'Cheri' revisits 'Liaisons' and courtesan culture.
As the ill-fated Paris courtesan who aspires to respectability and forbidden love in CAMILLE (1937), Greta Garbo drew the most enthusiastic reviews of her luminous career.