retinue

[ ret-n-oo, -yoo ]
/ ˈrɛt nˌu, -ˌyu /

noun

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

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Origin of retinue

1325–75; Middle English retinue < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of retenir to retain

OTHER WORDS FROM retinue

ret·i·nued, adjectiveun·ret·i·nued, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for retinue

retinue
/ (ˈrɛtɪˌnjuː) /

noun

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

Derived forms of retinue

retinued, adjective

Word Origin for retinue

C14: from Old French retenue, from retenir to retain
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