retainer
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ɹɪˈteɪn.ə/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɹɪˈteɪn.ɚ/, /ɹəˈteɪn.ɚ/
Noun

retainer (plural retainers)

  1. Any thing or person that retains.
  2. A dependent or follower of someone of rank.
  3. A paid servant, especially one who has been employed for many years.
  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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