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re·tain·er 1

 (rĭ-tā′nər)
n.
1. One that retains, as a device, frame, or groove that restrains or guides.
2. Dentistry An appliance used to hold teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.
3.
a. An employee, typically a long-term employee.
b. A servant or an attendant, especially one in the household of a person of high rank.

re·tain·er 2

 (rĭ-tā′nər)
n.
1. The act of engaging the services of a professional adviser, such as an attorney, counselor, or consultant.
2. The fee paid to retain a professional adviser.

retainer

(rɪˈteɪnə)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history a supporter or dependant of a person of rank, esp a soldier
2. a servant, esp one who has been with a family for a long time
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a clip, frame, or similar device that prevents a part of a machine, engine, etc, from moving
4. (Dentistry) a dental appliance for holding a loose tooth or prosthetic device in position
5. a fee paid in advance to secure first option on the services of a barrister, jockey, etc
6. a reduced rent paid for a flat, room, etc, during absence to reserve it for future use

re•tain•er1

(rɪˈteɪ nər)

n.
1. one that retains.
2. a servant or attendant who has been with a family for many years.
3. (esp. in feudal times) a person attached to a noble household and owing it occasional service.
4. any of various devices for maintaining the position of the natural teeth, attaching or stabilizing a denture, etc.
[1530–40]

re•tain•er2

(rɪˈteɪ nər)

n.
1. the act of retaining in one's service.
2. the fact of being retained.
3. a fee paid to secure services, as of a lawyer.
[1425–75; reteinir, probably n. use of Middle French retenir to retain; see -er3]

retainer

the fee paid to a professional person, as a lawyer, to engage his services.
See also: Dues and Payment
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.retainer - a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
fee - a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services
quid pro quo, quid - something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises
2.retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)retainer - a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)
worker - a person who works at a specific occupation; "he is a good worker"
body servant - a valet or personal maid
cabin boy - a young man acting as a servant on a ship
domestic, domestic help, house servant - a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
factotum - a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
familiar - a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
flunkey, flunky, lackey - a male servant (especially a footman)
major-domo, seneschal - the chief steward or butler of a great household
manservant - a man servant
menial - a domestic servant
scullion - a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
servant girl, serving girl - a girl who is a servant
3.retainer - a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment
dental appliance - a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth

retainer

noun
1. fee, advance, deposit, partial payment, retaining fee I'll need a five-hundred-dollar retainer.
2. servant, domestic, attendant, valet, supporter, dependant, henchman, footman, lackey, vassal, flunky the ever-faithful family retainer
Translations

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnəʳ] N
1. (= servant) → criado/a m/f
family retainer; old retainerviejo criado m (que lleva muchos años sirviendo en la misma familia)
2. (= fee) → anticipo m; (= payment on flat, room) → depósito m, señal f (para que se guarde el piso etc)

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnər] n
(= fee) → acompte m
(old-fashioned) (= servant) → serviteur mretaining wall nmur m de soutènement

retainer

n
(old: = servant) → Faktotum nt
(= fee)Vorschuss m

retainer

[rɪˈteɪnəʳ] n
a. (fee) → onorario (versato in anticipo)
b. (servant) → servitore m

re·tain·er

n. [dentistry] aro, freno de retención.

retainer

n (orthodontics) retenedor m