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Examples of retinue in a Sentence
the king and his retinue
a pop star traveling with his retinue
Recent Examples of retinue from the Web
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will largely follow Trump's schedule with a smaller retinue than in previous years.
As a citywide campaign, the Division 2 at-large contest faces much the same retinue of topics dominating the mayor's race: fears of crime, unreliable drainage pumps and massive potholes.
Self-care is a theme of Kaur’s work, though it is typically addressed in the context of personal relationships rather than managing a multimedia retinue.
Mr. Trump’s first face-to-face meeting with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia on Friday was the most difficult moment of the trip for the American president and his fretting retinue.
Traditionally, development planning has been the quasi exclusive domain of the political elite and their retinue of experts.
He all but disappeared from view, traveling around Libya with his retinue, an itinerant claimant to a destiny that eluded him.
Theseus, too, is transformed by the magic of the night, into someone who cultivates empathy and champions the power of the imagination when insisting that the retinue surrounding him give the mechanicals and their play a chance.
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Retinue derives via Middle English from the Anglo-French verb retenir, meaning "to retain." Another word deriving from retenir is retainer, which means, among other things, "one who serves a person of high position or rank." In the 14th century, that high person of rank was usually a noble or a royal of some kind, and retinue referred to that person's collection of servants and companions. Nowadays, the word is often used with a bit of exaggeration to refer to the assistants, guards, publicists, and other people who accompany an actor or other high-profile individual in public. You might also hear such a collection called a "suite" or "entourage," two other words derived from French.
Origin and Etymology of retinue
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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