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English definition of “courtesan”


noun [C]     /ˌkɔː.tɪˈzæn/ /ˈkɔː.tɪ.zæn/ US  /ˈkɔːr.t̬ɪ-/
a woman, usually with a high social position, who in the past had sexual relationships with rich or important men in exchange for moneyPeople who sell sex or are promiscuous
(Definition of courtesan noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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