retinue

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From Middle English retenue, from Old French retenue, past participle of retenir (retain)

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retinue (plural retinues)

  1. A group of servants or attendants, especially of someone considered important.
    the queen’s retinues
    • 12 July 2012, Sam Adams, AV Club Ice Age: Continental Drift
      Preceded by a Simpsons short shot in 3-D—perhaps the only thing more superfluous than a fourth Ice Age movie—Ice Age: Continental Drift finds a retinue of vaguely contemporaneous animals coping with life in the post-Pangaea age.
  2. (obsolete) A service relationship.

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