retainer

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From retain, from French retenir (to retain).

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retainer (plural retainers)

  1. A dependent or follower of someone of rank.
  2. A paid servant, especially one who has been employed for many years.
  3. Any thing or person that retains.
  4. A fee one pays to reserve the other's time for services.
    This lawyer charges a retainer for his work.
  5. (dentistry): A device that holds teeth in position after orthodontic treatment.

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