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[kawr-tezh, -teyzh] /kɔrˈtɛʒ, -ˈteɪʒ/
a procession, especially a ceremonial one:
a funeral cortege.
a line or train of attendants; retinue.
Also, cortège.
Origin of cortege
1670-80; < French < Italian corteggio courtly retinue, derivative of corteggiare to court, itself derivative of corte court Unabridged
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Examples from the web for cortege
  • He ordered a memorial cross to be built wherever the cortege rested.
  • But as long as you're not making goo-goo eyes in the funeral cortege, everything should be fine.
  • Closes casket and leads funeral cortege to church or burial site.
  • In no case shall a funeral cortege be halted by the work being performed by the contractor.
  • The seven-minute film of the president's funeral cortege, digitally updated in color.
  • Crowds of people lined the streets and watched the cortege move slowly by.
  • The cortege which accompanied tho remains to the cemetery was large.
British Dictionary definitions for cortege


a formal procession, esp a funeral procession
a train of attendants; retinue
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian corteggio, from corteggiare to attend, from cortecourt
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Word Origin and History for cortege

1640s, "train of attendants," from French cortège (16c.), from Italian corteggio "retinue," from corte "court," from Latin cohortem (see court (n.)).

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