One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen.
attendant, retainer, companion, adviser, aide, henchman, followerView synonyms
- ‘Why should a depiction of a distant queen and her courtiers have been thought suitable for the decoration on a snuff bottle?’
- ‘To be a courtier, a royal familiaris, was to be a man who might be at any time singled out to levy a tax, to govern a shire, to lead a campaign, even to kill the archbishop of Canterbury.’
- ‘My life would be pomp and circumstance, and my friends would be courtiers and other royals.’
- ‘The courtier and the king stood nearby watching the princess.’
- ‘His sympathizers and opponents were other cognoscenti: learned monks, bishops, courtiers, and kings.’
- ‘It consisted of dancing, speech, and song brought together in an allegorical ‘device’ in honour of the king or a prominent courtier.’
- ‘Royal chairs were built to be so lightweight that they could easily be moved to the side for the more important choreography of courtiers and king.’
- ‘This lifestyle demanded that everything should be portable: the belongings of king and courtiers had therefore to be easily dismantled, packed and carried.’
- ‘This cuts out the public, to be sure, but resembles the courtiers in any royal government.’
- ‘She sat back, spine straight, relaxed like a queen receiving courtiers.’
- ‘Deeming it expedient to move away, he became steward in the household of Sir Thomas Arundel, one of the king's courtiers.’
- ‘Thomas Lord Darcy, a courtier and companion of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, built the house to fit his status as friend of the most powerful man after the King.’
- ‘The four knights were immediately recognised as royal courtiers and ushered into the Archbishop's private chambers.’
- ‘She looks like a queen waiting for a courtier to arrive.’
- ‘Payments were made instead to courtiers to influence the queen's choice.’
- ‘Some of those allegedly cheated are said to be close friends of Prince Albert - and two royal courtiers were among Fogwell's employees.’
- ‘James II's queen and courtiers took profits from the sale of those transported to the West Indies.’
- ‘Like the king's courtiers, the princesses had to leave a room walking backward in the king's presence.’
- ‘But the advisers, courtiers, and generals that surround the throne are at a loss to determine what it means, much less what to do about it.’
- ‘They were also outsiders in royal courts where courtiers did everything possible to sideline and ostracise them.’
Middle English: via Anglo-Norman French from Old French cortoyer ‘be present at court’, from cort (see court).
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