or cor·tège

[kawr-tezh, -teyzh]
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Origin of cortege

1670–80; < French < Italian corteggio courtly retinue, derivative of corteggiare to court, itself derivative of corte court Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cortege

caravan, retinue, line, train

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British Dictionary definitions for cortege



  1. a formal procession, esp a funeral procession
  2. a train of attendants; retinue

Word Origin for cortege

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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