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RETINUE (O. Fr. retenue, from retenir...

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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 203 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RETINUE (O. Fr. retenue, from retenir, Lat. retenere, hold back, retain), a body of persons " retained " in the service of a noble or royal personage, a suite of " retainers." Such retainers were not in the domestic service of their lord, but were his " livery " and claimed his protection. They were a source of trouble and abuse in the 15th and early 16th century (see LIVERY and MAINTENANCE).
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