entourage

[ahn-too-rahzh]
noun
1.
a group of attendants or associates, as of a person of rank or importance: The opera singer traveled with an entourage of 20 people.
2.
surroundings; environment: a house with a charming entourage of trees and flowers.
3.
Architecture. the landscaping and other nearby environmental features shown on a rendering of a building.

Origin:
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.
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entourage (ˈɒntʊˌrɑːʒ, French ɑ̃turaʒ)
 
n
1.  a group of attendants or retainers, esp such as surround an important person; retinue
2.  surroundings or environment
 
[C19: from French, from entourer to surround, from entour around, from tour circuit; see tour, turn]

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entourage
1832, "surroundings, environment," picked up by De Quincey from Fr. entourage, from O.Fr. entour "that which surrounds," from en- "in" + tour "a circuit" (see tour). Sense of "attendant persons" first recorded in Eng. 1860.
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Example sentences
His students smirk at his arriving for classes with an entourage of flunkies.
Later, he and his entourage are still buzzing about the experience .
Some billionaire and his entourage were stranded when their jet broke down.
He had a mansion and a 20-member entourage.
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