- a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage; suite.
Origin of retinue
Examples from the Web for retinue
First charged with “piracy,” each member of the retinue now faces seven years in jail if found guilty of “hooliganism.”The Return of Russian Hard Power?
November 23, 2013
And then his retinue of friends and spiritual advisors arrived, and he floated away on a cloud of "insiderdom" and "privilege."Russell Brand: Not Quite a Messiah
October 28, 2013
There is a usually a retinue of “reliable” Mohalells in each pious community.Is Khamenei the New Putin?
September 26, 2011
The retinue has been the subject of much media attention.Muammar Gaddafi's 25 Strangest Moments
David A. Graham
February 23, 2011
My brother was servile; he has attached himself to the retinue of a wealthy Baroness.City of Endless Night
The intervention of the retinue of Roderic was scarcely admitted.
I have fled from myself; I have fled from the magnificence of my retinue, to find variety.
His equipages and retinue were of a kind to match his personal effulgence.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
He provided a house for her, and assigned to her service a retinue of domestics.
- a body of aides and retainers attending an important person, royalty, etc
Word Origin and History for retinue
late 14c., from Old French retenue "group of followers, state of service," literally "that which is retained," noun use of fem. past participle of retenir "to employ, to retain, hold back" (see retain). Related: Retinular.