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Definition of "retinue" []

  • The retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person. (noun)
  • A body of aides and retainers attending an important person, royalty, etc (noun)

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Use "retinue" in a sentence
  • "Ambassadors and retinue from the Constantinopolitan King had kissed the ground before Omar and had delivered their embassage, they brought out the presents, which were fifty damsels of the choicest from Graecia-land, and fifty Mamelukes in tunics of brocade, belted with girdles of gold and silver, each wearing in his ears hoops of gold with pendants of fine pearls costing a thousand ducats every one."
  • "The great collector and party giver Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, costumed as the emperor of China, and his wife, Patricia, disembarked with their retinue from a Chinese junk."
  • "When Providence frowns upon them their retinue is soon dispersed and scattered from them."