- a procession, especially a ceremonial one: a funeral cortege.
- a line or train of attendants; retinue.
Origin of cortege
1670–80; < French < Italian corteggio courtly retinue, derivative of corteggiare to court, itself derivative of corte court
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Examples from the Web for cortege
A policeman stopped traffic on Palmetto for the cortege and second line to pass, and in a better street, people broke out dancing.Mardi Gras Indian Chief Larry Bannock’s Final Ride
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But it was merely the ushers opening a passage for the cortege.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
That night the white people left the stockade in a cortege of torch bearers.The Rescue
Every exit had been cut off to bottle up the Imperial cortege.Despoilers of the Golden Empire
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I had a brother who died on Ninth, but I met the cortege at Eighth.Sixes and Sevens
Ption and Barnave, were waiting to take the direction of the cortege.Old and New Paris, v. 1
Henry Sutherland Edwards
- a formal procession, esp a funeral procession
- a train of attendants; retinue
C17: from French, from Italian corteggio, from corteggiare to attend, from corte court
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Word Origin and History for cortege
1640s, "train of attendants," from French cortège (16c.), from Italian corteggio "retinue," from corte "court," from Latin cohortem (see court (n.)).
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