1. an attendant at the court of a sovereign
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Courtier \Court"ier\ (k[=o]rt"y[~e]r), n. [From Court.]
1. One who is in attendance at the court of a prince; one who
has an appointment at court.
You know I am no courtier, nor versed in state
This courtier got a frigate, and that a company.
2. One who courts or solicits favor; one who flatters.
There was not among all our princes a greater
courtier of the people than Richard III. --Suckling.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an attendant at the court of a sovereign
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "courtier":
adherent, adulator, appendage, apple-polisher, ass-licker,
attendant, backscratcher, backslapper, blarneyer, bootlick,
bootlicker, brown-nose, brownie, buff, cajoler, cavaliere servente,
clawback, creature, cringer, dangler, dependent, disciple, dupe,
fan, fawner, flatterer, flunky, follower, following, footlicker,
groveler, handshaker, hanger-on, helot, henchman, homme de cour,
instrument, jackal, kowtower, lackey, led captain, lickspit,
lickspittle, mealymouth, minion, parasite, partisan, peon, public,
puppet, pursuer, pursuivant, satellite, sectary, serf, shadow,
slave, spaniel, stooge, successor, suck, supporter, sycophant,
tagtail, tail, timeserver, toad, toady, tool, trainbearer,
truckler, tufthunter, votary, ward heeler, wheedler, yes-man