A woman prostitute, especially one whose clients are members of a royal court or men of high social standing.(noun)
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Use "courtesan" in a sentence
"The term courtesan has the added advantage of being politely derogatory enough to make it into mainstream parlance."
"The high point for Defoe's high-class courtesan is her "little ball" in her swanky London apartments."
"It occurred to me recently that the word courtesan would a better term to describe the fawning sycophants who make up the washington establishment these days, media shills, congress, and Demo collaborators."