Definition of courtesan:
bordello, hustle, gigolo, harlot, prostitute, concubine, call girl, odalisque, doxy, scarlet woman, bordello, whore, hustler, hooker, sex, streetwalker, brothel, camp follower, cocotte, escort, drab, lady of pleasure, lady of easy virtue, lady of the night, moll, ho, prostitute, paramour, tart, strumpet, sex worker, mistress, bawd, whore, fancy man.
A story much in favour of portrait- collectors is that of the Athenian courtesan, who, in the midst of a riotous banquet with her lovers, accidentally casting her eyes on the portrait of a philosopher that hung opposite to her seat, the happy character of temperance and virtue struck her with so lively an image of her own unworthiness, that she suddenly retreated for ever from the scene of debauchery.- "Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)", Isaac D'Israeli.
- "Caste", W. A. Fraser.
- "The Moghul", Thomas Hoover.