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")
- Her accomplishments attracted Theodosius' sister Pulcheria, who took her into her retinue and destined her to be the emperor's wife.
- 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.
- The Sicilians honoured his august aspect as he moved amongst them with purple robes and golden girdle, with long hair bound by a Delphic garland, and brazen sandals on his feet, and with a retinue of slaves behind him.
- His opponents endeavoured to waylay him, but he came to London with an armed retinue and forced himself into the king's presence.