American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A body of retainers; a suite, as of a prince or other great personage; a train of persons; a cortège; a procession.
- n. An accompaniment; a concomitant.
- n. A group of servants or attendants, especially of someone considered important.
- n. obsolete A service relationship.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The body of retainers who follow a prince or other distinguished person; a train of attendants; a suite.
- n. the group following and attending to some important person
- From Middle English retenue, from Old French retenue, past participle of retenir ("retain") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English retenue, from Old French, from feminine past participle of retenir, to retain; see retain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ambassadors and retinue from the Constantinopolitan King had kissed the ground before Omar and had delivered their embassage, they brought out the presents, which were fifty damsels of the choicest from Graecia-land, and fifty Mamelukes in tunics of brocade, belted with girdles of gold and silver, each wearing in his ears hoops of gold with pendants of fine pearls costing a thousand ducats every one.”
“The great collector and party giver Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, costumed as the emperor of China, and his wife, Patricia, disembarked with their retinue from a Chinese junk.”
“When Providence frowns upon them their retinue is soon dispersed and scattered from them.”
“In 1959 the Dalai Lama's escape from his homeland produced a myth: that he had conjured up a belt of cloud to hide his retinue from the Chinese air force.”
“Eventually, he and his retinue were a show unto themselves, held over in New York and London.”
“A memorable part of his retinue is a fast-talking black cat called Behemoth, named after one of the Old Testament monsters.”
“He had come to accept the fact that he and his retinue were the only people left on earth.”
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“In his retinue was a troop of comedians, a court fool, two dwarfs for luck, seven cooks, three alchemists and an astrologer.”
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“As to politics, the will of the leader and his retinue is the rule of the Franks, and purge and bloodbath mark every stage in the rivalry of the Merovingian princes.”
“Among those who gave lodgings to the retinue were our good couple, who took in a lodger, for whom they were paid handsomely.”
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