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entourage

[ahn-too-rahzh] /ˌɑn tʊˈrɑʒ/
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
1825-1835
1825-35; < French, equivalent to entour(er) to surround (derivative of entour around, equivalent to en in + tour circuit; see tour) + -age -age
Synonyms
1. retinue, following, cortege, escort.
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British Dictionary definitions for entourage

entourage

/ˈɒntʊˌrɑːʒ; French ɑ̃turaʒ/
noun
1.
a group of attendants or retainers, esp such as surround an important person; retinue
2.
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
n.

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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