What does retainer mean?

Definitions for retainer
rɪˈteɪ nərre·tain·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retainer, considerationnoun

    a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone

  2. servant, retainernoun

    a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)

  3. retainernoun

    a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment


  1. retainernoun

    A dependent or follower of someone of rank.

    Etymology: From retain, from retenir.

  2. retainernoun

    A paid servant, especially one who has been employed for many years.

    Etymology: From retain, from retenir.

  3. retainernoun

    Any thing or person that retains.

    Etymology: From retain, from retenir.

  4. retainernoun

    A fee one pays to reserve the other's time for services.

    This lawyer charges a retainer for his work.

    Etymology: From retain, from retenir.

  5. retainernoun

    A device that holds teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.

    Etymology: From retain, from retenir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retainernoun

    one who, or that which, retains

  2. Retainernoun

    one who is retained or kept in service; an attendant; an adherent; a hanger-on

  3. Retainernoun

    hence, a servant, not a domestic, but occasionally attending and wearing his master's livery

  4. Retainernoun

    the act of a client by which he engages a lawyer or counselor to manage his cause

  5. Retainernoun

    the act of withholding what one has in his hands by virtue of some right

  6. Retainernoun

    a fee paid to engage a lawyer or counselor to maintain a cause, or to prevent his being employed by the opposing party in the case; -- called also retaining fee

  7. Retainernoun

    the act of keeping dependents, or the state of being in dependence


  1. Retainer

    Orthodontic retainers are custom-made devices, made usually of wires or clear plastic, that hold teeth in position after surgery or any method of realigning teeth. They are most often used before or after dental braces to hold teeth in position while assisting the adjustment of the surrounding gums to changes in the bone. Most patients are required to wear their retainer every night at first, with many also being directed to wear them during the day - at least initially. There are four types of retainers typically prescribed by orthodontists and dentists: Hawley, Essix, Zendura, and Bonded retainers.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retainer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retainer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of retainer in a Sentence

  1. Rudy Giuliani:

    When I heard of Cohen's retainer for $ 130,000, Michael Cohen was doing no work for the President, i said,' Well, that's how Michael Cohen's repaying it, with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes for Michael Cohen.'.

  2. Michael Cohen:

    I obviously wanted the money in one shot. I would have preferred Justice Department that way but in order to be able to put Justice Department onto the books, Allen Weisselberg made the decision that it should be paid over the 12 months so that it would look like a retainer.

  3. Detective Michael Fisten:

    They were former Miami cops, he paid an extremely large retainer to them and all their job to do was to follow the girls around and intimidate them.

  4. Sidney Powell:

    I agree with the campaign's statement that I am not part of the campaign's legal team, i never signed a retainer agreement or sent the President or the campaign a bill for my expenses or fees. My intent has always been to expose all the fraud I could find and let the chips fall where they may -- whether it be upon Republicans or Democrats.

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