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retainer

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noun re·tain·er \ri-ˈtā-nər\

Definition of retainer

  1. 1 a :  a person attached or owing service to a household; especially :  servant b :  employee

  2. 2 :  one that retains

  3. 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



1540

First Known Use of retainer

1540


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retainer

noun re·tain·er

Definition of retainer

  1. 1 :  the act of a client by which the services of a lawyer, counselor, or adviser are engaged

  2. 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


Medical Dictionary

retainer

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noun re·tain·er \ri-ˈtān-ər\

Medical Definition of retainer

  1. 1:  the part of a dental replacement (as a bridge) by which it is made fast to adjacent natural teeth

  2. 2:  a dental appliance used to hold teeth in their correct position especially following orthodontic treatment




Law Dictionary

retainer

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noun re·tain·er \ri-ˈtā-nər\

Legal Definition of retainer

  1. 1 :  the act of a client by which the services of a lawyer are engaged

  2. 2 :  a fee paid to a lawyer for advice or services or for a claim on services when needed



Origin of retainer

Anglo-French retener act of engaging or employing, from retener retenir to engage, retain



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