Now it generally means a high-class prostitute whose clients are wealthy men.
Thaïs, Empress Theodora, Diane de Poitiers, Mary Boleyn, Anne Boleyn, Madame du Pompadour, Marie Duplessis, and Mata Hari are but a few of many famous courtesans.
Type your email address below to get our free Urban Word of the Day every morning!
Emails are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll never spam you.
Log in with Facebook to save your favorite definitions
and share them with friends.