[ ret-n-oo, -yoo ]
/ ˈrɛt nˌu, -ˌyu /


a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage; suite.

Origin of retinue

1325–75; Middle English retinue < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of retenir to retain
Related formsret·i·nued, adjectiveun·ret·i·nued, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retinue


/ (ˈrɛtɪˌnjuː) /


a body of aides and retainers attending an important person, royalty, etc
Derived Formsretinued, adjective

Word Origin for retinue

C14: from Old French retenue, from retenir to retain
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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.

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