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[ahn-too-rahzh] /ˌɑn tʊˈrɑʒ/
a group of attendants or associates, as of a person of rank or importance:
The opera singer traveled with an entourage of 20 people.
surroundings; environment:
a house with a charming entourage of trees and flowers.
Architecture. the landscaping and other nearby environmental features shown on a rendering of a building.
Origin of entourage
1825-35; < French, equivalent to entour(er) to surround (derivative of entour around, equivalent to en in + tour circuit; see tour) + -age -age
1. retinue, following, cortege, escort. Unabridged
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  • The peculiar interest of Wells lies not only in the cathedral itself, but in its entourage.

    Somerset G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
  • He rose up immediately from his seat and summoned his entourage.

    The Autobiography of Methuselah John Kendrick Bangs
  • It even invaded the sanctity of the Court, and the king reduced his entourage, and kept no Christmas that year.

  • Deenas ideas of French in his own entourage as opposed to him in hers were amusing.

  • Just then the butler appeared, and every one looked up, expecting to see Mrs. Darling and her entourage following.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
British Dictionary definitions for entourage


/ˈɒntʊˌrɑːʒ; French ɑ̃turaʒ/
a group of attendants or retainers, esp such as surround an important person; retinue
surroundings or environment
Word Origin
C19: from French, from entourer to surround, from entour around, from tour circuit; see tour, turn
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Word Origin and History for entourage

1832, "surroundings, environment," picked up by De Quincey from French entourage, from Middle French entourer "to surround" (16c.), from Old French entour "that which surrounds" (10c.), from en- "in" (see en- (1)) + tour "a circuit" (see tour). Sense of "attendant persons" first recorded in English by 1860.

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