[ 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 forms

ret·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 Forms

retinued, adjective

Word Origin for retinue

C14: from Old French retenue, from retenir to retain
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