• Retainer

    Pronunciation

    • UK IPA: /ɹɪˈteɪn.ə/
    • US IPA: /ɹɪˈteɪn.ɚ/, /ɹəˈteɪn.ɚ/
    • Rhymes: -eɪnə(r)

    Origin

    From retain, from French retenir ("to retain").

    Full definition of retainer

    Noun

    retainer

    (plural retainers)
    1. A dependent or follower of someone of rank.
    2. A paid servant, especially one who has been employed for many years.
    3. Any thing or person that retains.
    4. A fee one pays to reserve the other's time for services.This lawyer charges a retainer for his work.
    5. (dentistry): A device that holds teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.

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