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retinue

[ret-n-oo, -yoo] /ˈrɛt nˌu, -ˌyu/
noun
1.
a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage; suite.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English retinue < Middle French, noun use of feminine past participle of retenir to retain
Related forms
retinued, adjective
unretinued, adjective
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retinue

/ˈrɛtɪˌnjuː/
noun
1.
a body of aides and retainers attending an important person, royalty, etc
Derived Forms
retinued, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French retenue, from retenir to retain
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Word Origin and History for un retinued

retinue

n.

late 14c., from Old French retenue "group of followers, state of service," literally "that which is retained," noun use of fem. past participle of retenir "to employ, to retain, hold back" (see retain). Related: Retinular.

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