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Word of the Day
Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Definitions for cortege

  1. A procession, especially a ceremonial one.
  2. A line or train of attendants; retinue.

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Citations for cortege
From her parlor window, Susan Kidwell saw the white cortege glide past, and watched until it had rounded the corner and the unpaved street's easily airborne dust had landed again. Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
As the cortege neared the downtown section more cars joined it. The hearse was followed by six Packard touring cars with tops back, driven by liveried chauffeurs and filled with flowers. William Faulkner, Sanctuary
Origin of cortege
Cortege is related to the Old French word curt meaning “an enclosed yard.” By the 1600s, it referred to “a train of attendants.”