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Meaning of RETAINER

Pronunciation:  ri'teynur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment
  2. [n]  a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
  3. [n]  a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone

RETAINER is a 8 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: consideration, servant
 See Also: body servant, cabin boy, dental appliance, dogsbody, domestic, domestic help, factotum, familiar, fee, flunkey, flunky, house servant, lackey, major-domo, manservant, menial, scullion, seneschal, servant girl, serving girl, worker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*tain"er\, n.
1. One who, or that which, retains.

2. One who is retained or kept in service; an attendant; an
   adherent; a hanger-on.

3. Hence, a servant, not a domestic, but occasionally
   attending and wearing his master's livery. --Cowell.

4. (Law)
   (a) The act of a client by which he engages a lawyer or
       counselor to manage his cause.
   (b) The act of withholding what one has in his hands by
       virtue of some right.
   (c) 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}. --Bouvier. --Blackstone.

5. The act of keeping dependents, or the state of being in
   dependence. --Bacon.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Act of the client in employing the attorney or counsel, and also denotes the fee which the client pays when he or she retains the attorney to act for them.