The definition of a courtier is a person who is an attendant in the court of a king, queen or royalty, or someone who flatters or kisses up to gain favor.
A person in the royal court that tends to the needs of the king is an example of acourtier.
- an attendant at a royal court
- a person who uses flattery to get something or to win favor
Origin of courtierMiddle English curteour from Old French cortoier, to frequent the court from court, cort, court
- An attendant at a sovereign's court.
- One who seeks favor, especially by insincere flattery or obsequious behavior.
Origin of courtierMiddle English courteour from Anglo-Norman from Old French cortoier to be at a royal court from cort court ; see court .
From Anglo-Norman corteour, from Old French cortoiier, from cort (“court”).