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RETAINER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does retainer mean? 

RETAINER (noun)
  The noun RETAINER has 3 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: RETAINER used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RETAINER (noun)


Sense 1retainer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

retainer; consideration

Hypernyms ("retainer" is a kind of...):

fee (a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retainer"):

quid; quid pro quo (something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises)


Sense 2retainer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person working in the service of another (especially in the household)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

servant; retainer

Hypernyms ("retainer" is a kind of...):

worker (a person who works at a specific occupation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "retainer"):

body servant (a valet or personal maid)

servant girl; serving girl (a girl who is a servant)

scullion (a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing))

dogsbody; menial (a domestic servant)

manservant (a man servant)

major-domo; seneschal (the chief steward or butler of a great household)

flunkey; flunky; lackey (a male servant (especially a footman))

familiar (a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support)

factotum (a servant employed to do a variety of jobs)

domestic; domestic help; house servant (a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household)

cabin boy (a young man acting as a servant on a ship)


Sense 3retainer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("retainer" is a kind of...):

dental appliance (a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth)


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