[ dih-tey-ner ]
/ dɪˈteɪ nər /

noun Law.

a writ for the further detention of a person already in custody.
the wrongful detaining or withholding of what belongs to another.

Origin of detainer

1610–20; < Anglo-French detener (noun use of infinitive), variant of Old French detenir; see detain
Related formspre·de·tain·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for detainer


/ (dɪˈteɪnə) /

noun law

the wrongful withholding of the property of another person
  1. the detention of a person in custody
  2. a writ authorizing the further detention of a person already in custody

Word Origin for detainer

C17: from Anglo-French detener (n), from detener to detain
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Word Origin and History for detainer



"one who detains," 1530s, agent noun from detain. As a legal term, "a detaining in one's possession," from 1610s, from Anglo-French detener, from Old French detenir (noun use of infinitive).

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