Origin of retinueMiddle English retenue from OFr, feminine of retenu, past participle of retenir: see retain
The definition of a retinue is a group made up of followers and people who work for a famous person.
An example of a retinue is most of the followers of a specific guru attending a retreat.
a body of assistants, followers, or servants attending a person of rank or importance; train of attendants or retainers
The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person.
Origin of retinueMiddle English retenue from Old French from feminine past participle of retenir to retain ; see retain .
From Middle English retenue, from Old French retenue, past participle of retenir (“retain")
- In magnificence of equipage and retinue the abbots vied with the first nobles of the realm.
- Towards the end of 66 he arrived in Greece with a retinue of soldiers, courtiers, musicians and dancers.
- Her accomplishments attracted Theodosius' sister Pulcheria, who took her into her retinue and destined her to be the emperor's wife.
- He had his country houses and fisheries, and when he travelled to attend parliament his retinue amounted to upwards of ioo persons.
- In the age succeeding the Mahommedan conquest the exilarch was noted for the stately retinue that accompanied him, the luxurious banquets given at his abode, and the courtly etiquette that prevailed there.