April 28, 2012
entourage (noun)
\ahn-too-RAHZH\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : one's attendants or associates2 : surroundings
How do you use it?
The star and her entourage walked quickly from the restaurant to a fleet of waiting cars without stopping to sign autographs.
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From what language do you think English borrowed "entourage"?

If you chose C, très bien! "Entourage" arose from the French adjective "entour," meaning "surrounding" or "within a circuit." It is a combination of the French prefix "en-," meaning "in," and the French root word "tour," meaning "circuit." In the 1800s when "entourage" first appeared in English, it was used to refer to people surrounding someone, or to the physical environment. Today "entourage" is often used to refer to people who are helping or attending to someone, but the physical surroundings sense is not as common.
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