Meaning of “courtesan” in the English Dictionary

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"courtesan" in British English

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courtesannoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɔː.tɪˈzæn/ /ˈkɔː.tɪ.zæn/ us /ˈkɔːr.t̬ə.zæn/

a woman, usually with a high social position, who in the past had sexual relationships with rich or important men in exchange for money

(Definition of “courtesan” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)