Definition of retinue in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɛtɪnjuː/


A group of advisers, assistants, or others accompanying an important person: the rock star’s retinue of security guards and personal cooks
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  • They received yearly subsidies that allowed them to entertain a large retinue of personal followers, called buccellarii after the superior type of bread they received compared to ordinary soldiers.
  • I am travelling to the capital to meet with the King tomorrow, you will accompany my retinue and I will give you the details of the mission once we reach the capital city.
  • In 1953 he was invited with a retinue of six people to Paris, and his son and successor, Moro Naaba Kougri, was later accorded the same privilege.
entourage, escort, company, court, attendant company, staff, personnel, household, cortège, train, suite, following, bodyguard;
informal groupies
archaic rout


Late Middle English: from Old French retenue, feminine past participle (used as a noun) of retenir 'keep back, retain'.

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