cortege

noun cor·tege \ kȯr-ˈtezh , ˈkȯr-ˌtezh \
variants: or less commonly cortège
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of cortege

1 :a train of attendants :retinue
2 :procession; especially :a funeral procession

Examples of cortege in a Sentence

  1. the movie star's cortege included her hair stylist, makeup artist, personal assistant, and press agent

  2. the funeral cortege of mourners stretched for three city blocks

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Origin and Etymology of cortege

French cortège, from Italian corteggio, from corteggiare to court, from corte court, from Latin cohort-, cohors enclosure — more at court

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CORTEGE Defined for English Language Learners

cortege

noun

Definition of cortege for English Language Learners

  • : a line of people or cars moving slowly at a funeral



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