detinue


det·i·nue

noun \ˈde-tən-ˌ(y)ü\

Definition of DETINUE

1
:  a common-law action for the recovery of a personal chattel wrongfully detained or of its value
2
:  detention of something due; especially :  the unlawful detention of a personal chattel from another

Origin of DETINUE

Middle English detenewe, from Anglo-French detenue detention, from feminine of detenu, past participle of detenir to detain
First Known Use: 15th century

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