from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A body of retainers; a suite, as of a prince or other great personage; a train of persons; a cortège; a procession.
  • noun An accompaniment; a concomitant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The body of retainers who follow a prince or other distinguished person; a train of attendants; a suite.
  • noun [Obs.] to keep or employ as a retainer; to retain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A group of servants or attendants, especially of someone considered important.
  • noun obsolete A service relationship.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the group following and attending to some important person


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English retenue, from Old French, from feminine past participle of retenir, to retain; see retain.

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From Middle English retenue, from Old French retenue, past participle of retenir ("retain")


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  • When Providence frowns upon them their retinue is soon dispersed and scattered from them.

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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.

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