What is the Definition of CORTEGE?

What is the Definition of CORTEGE?

The word CORTEGE is another example of a word from another language being absorbed into English.

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A cortege (cortège) is:

a ceremonial procession, especially for a

  • wedding
  • funeral
  • dignitary

Note: Use of an e with a grave accent (è) is optional in English

Example 1: In the picture we see a coffin being pulled on a carriage, part of the funeral procession for Margaret Thatcher.

The sentence reads: This was part of the funeral cortege for Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.

Example 2: In this picture there is a bridal group walking through the park getting ready for a photo session.

The sentence reads: Here we see the bride and part of the wedding cortege preparing to take photographs in the park.

Example 3: This is an archive photo of Queen Elizabeth II with her husband Prince Philip in New Zealand in 1963.

The sentence reads: In this picture we see Queen Elizabeth and her cortege at the opening of the New Zealand parliament in 1963.

So remember, the word CORTEGE can be used to describe a ceremonial procession, as in a wedding or funeral, or following a dignitary.

Here are further examples of the word CORTEGE which helps in understanding the definition and meaning:

Scottish entertainer Sydney Devine received his final round of applause as fans gathered at one of the venues he frequently played to see his funeral cortege pass on Tuesday.
Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-56170464

A sombre depiction of the funeral cortege honoring the fallen, in Arlington National Cemetery, concludes with the observation that “Woodrow Wilson brought a bouquet of poppies”—an expression of controlled, understated rage.
Source: https://www.newyorker.com/books/second-read/what-john-dos-passoss-1919-got-right-about-2019

It was evening when we arrived at Seikoro Ryokan, and as we entered from a dark alley, a cortege was immediately upon us, enthusiastically greeting us in Japanese and wildly gesturing about — something.
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/travel/faux-food-and-heated-toilet-seats-japans-culture-shocks-may-be-big-but-its-charm-is-all-in-the-tiny-details/2019/03/07/65fb40d6-378d-11e9-a400-e481bf264fdc_story.html

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