Definition of retinue
: a group of retainers or attendants
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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
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.
He all but disappeared from view, traveling around Libya with his retinue, an itinerant claimant to a destiny that eluded him.
Then the door opened: the British grime artist and his small retinue stepped into the club started by Stephane Ashpool and his PPP (Pain O ChoKolat /PIGALLE Paris/Pompon) collective to sound check for the night ahead.
That a retinue of guards could grieve for their prisoner reflects the strange alchemy that can develop in such a peculiarly intimate situation.
Rotenberg, who has a reputation as an informed, hands-on manager, visits every few months, passing above the site in his helicopter before inspecting the project with a retinue of engineers and road-building specialists.
Price, who has been leading the charge for the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, entered the West Virginia capital surrounded by a retinue of Secret Service officers, and tried to sweep past Heyman, without answering his question.
Heads of state, captains of industry, prominent academics, philanthropists and a retinue of journalists, celebrities and hangers-on will descend Tuesday on Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum.
Saturn was at its biggest and brightest for the year less than two weeks ago and is still an amazing sight through a small telescope, with its magnificent set of rings and retinue of small moons.
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Did You Know?
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
Middle English retenue, from Anglo-French, from feminine of retenu, past participle of retenir to retain
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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: a group of helpers, supporters, or followers
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