cortege

noun
cor·​tege | \ kȯr-ˈtezh How to pronounce cortege (audio) , ˈkȯr-ˌtezh \
variants: or less commonly cortège

Definition of cortege

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

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Examples of cortege in a Sentence

the movie star's cortege included her hair stylist, makeup artist, personal assistant, and press agent the funeral cortege of mourners stretched for three city blocks
Recent Examples on the Web The procession is solemn, a funeral cortege in words, all the more poignant for the absence of public remembrances. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2021 At dusk, after climbing along the switchbacks that wind through Guatemala’s western highlands, the cortege of vehicles carrying 12 of the coffins arrived in Comitancillo. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2021 This important book reads like the slow passing of a long and demented cortege. New York Times, 2 Dec. 2020 Passions were running so high that more than fifty people were killed and hundreds injured in a stampede around the funeral cortege. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, 8 Jan. 2020 The funeral cortege will process to St. Faustina Parish, St. Stanislaus Church to celebrate a Mass of Christian burial to be held at 9:15 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. courant.com, 12 Dec. 2019 An emotional video uploaded to the Grandpa Kitchen channel on Wednesday showed him being laid to rest after an elaborate funeral procession, his body draped in flowers and hundreds of people following the cortege. James Griffiths, CNN, 1 Nov. 2019 Paris was brought to a standstill as hundreds of thousands turned out to gain a glimpse of the funeral cortege, which was followed by hundreds of bikers in homage to his passion for Harley Davidsons. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, 3 July 2018 Paris was brought to a standstill as hundreds of thousands turned out to gain a glimpse of the funeral cortege, which was followed by hundreds of bikers in homage to his passion for Harley Davidsons. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of cortege

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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The first known use of cortege was in 1648

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“Cortege.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cortege. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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cortege

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cortege

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

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