retainer

3 ENTRIES FOUND:

1re·tain·er

noun \ri-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of RETAINER

1
a :  a person attached or owing service to a household; especially :  servant
b :  employee
2
:  one that retains
3
:  a device or structure that holds something in place: as
a :  the part of a dental replacement (as a bridge) by which it is made fast to adjacent natural teeth
b :  a dental appliance used to hold teeth in correct position especially following orthodontic treatment

First Known Use of RETAINER

1540

2retainer

noun

Definition of RETAINER

1
:  the act of a client by which the services of a lawyer, counselor, or adviser are engaged
2
:  a fee paid to a lawyer or professional adviser for advice or services or for a claim on services when needed

Origin of RETAINER

Middle English reteigner, literally, retention, from Anglo-French, from reteigner, verb
First Known Use: 1775

re·tain·er

noun \ri-ˈtān-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of RETAINER

1
: the part of a dental replacement (as a bridge) by which it is made fast to adjacent natural teeth
2
: a dental appliance used to hold teeth in their correct position especially following orthodontic treatment

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