from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of servants or attendants, especially of someone considered important.
- n. A service relationship.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The body of retainers who follow a prince or other distinguished person; a train of attendants; a suite.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the group following and attending to some important person
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)
From Middle English retenue, from Old French retenue, past participle of retenir ("retain") (Wiktionary)