A retinue is a group of helpers, supporters, or followers.
// The venue relies on a retinue
of workers to carry out large events.
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"Royal Island, a swanky Caribbean oasis in The Bahamas, awaits its next king or queen and their lucky retinue
of family and friends." — Abby Montanez, Robb Report
, 11 Jan. 2024
Did you know?
comes via Middle English from the Anglo-French verb retenir
, meaning "to retain
or keep in one's pay or service." Another retenir
descendant is retainer
, which has among its meanings "one who serves a person of high position or rank." In the 14th century, such retainers typically served a noble or royal of some kind, and retinue
referred to a collection of retainers—that is, the noble's servants and companions. Nowadays, the word retinue
is often used with a bit of exaggeration to refer to the assistants, guards, publicists, and other people who accompany a high-profile individual in public. You might also hear such a collection of folks called a suite
, two other words that come from French.