[ri-tahyuh r-muh nt]
  1. the act of retiring, withdrawing, or leaving; the state of being retired.
  2. the act of retiring or of leaving one's job, career, or occupation permanently, usually because of age: I'm looking forward to my retirement from teaching.
  3. the portion of a person's life during which a person is retired: What will you do in retirement?
  4. a pension or other income on which a retired person lives: His retirement is barely enough to pay the rent.
  5. removal of something from service or use: retirement of the space shuttle fleet.
  6. withdrawal of a jury from a courtroom to deliberate in private on a verdict.
  7. orderly withdrawal of a military force, according to plan, without pressure from the enemy.
  8. withdrawal of securities from the market by a corporation, as through payment at maturity, repurchase, or exchange.
  9. withdrawal into privacy or seclusion.
  10. privacy or seclusion.
  11. a private or secluded place.
  1. noting or pertaining to retirement: retirement pay.

Origin of retirement

From Middle French, dating back to 1590–1600; see origin at retire, -ment
Related formsnon·re·tire·ment, nounpost·re·tire·ment, adjectivepre·re·tire·ment, adjective, nounsem·i·re·tire·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for post-retirement


    1. the act of retiring from one's work, office, etc
    2. (as modifier)retirement age
  1. the period of being retired from workshe had many plans for her retirement
  2. seclusion from the world; privacy
  3. the act of going away or retreating
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Word Origin and History for post-retirement



1590s, "act of retreating," also "act of withdrawing into seclusion," from Middle French retirement (1570s); see retire + -ment. Meaning "privacy" is from c.1600; that of "withdrawal from occupation or business" is from 1640s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper