court·i·er (kôrtē-ər, -tyər)
1. An attendant at a sovereign's court.
2. One who seeks favor, especially by insincere flattery or obsequious behavior.
[Middle English courteour, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French cortoier, to be at a royal court, from cort, court; see COURT.]
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