Definition of cortège in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɔːˈteɪʒ/
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈtɛʒ/


1A solemn procession, especially for a funeral: a funeral cortège off we sped in the cortège of limousines that had been drawn up on the tarmac
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  • A million people lined the route of the funeral cortège while millions more watched on television.
  • The funeral cortège was led by a lone piper and flanked by a guard of honour.
  • The singer climbs, grim-faced, into the band's chauffeur-driven, black people carrier as though he's about to join a funeral cortège.
1.1A person’s entourage or retinue: his entourage became an ever-present cortège wherever he went
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  • She had visions of being followed by a cortège who would worship her as a goddess of luck.


Mid 17th century: from French, from Italian corteggio, from corteggiare 'attend court', from corte 'court', from Latin cohors, cohort- 'retinue'.

Words that rhyme with cortège

beige, Liège, manège

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Line breaks: cor|tège

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