retirement

[ri-tahyuh r-muh nt]

noun

adjective

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
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British Dictionary definitions for preretirement

retirement

noun

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

retirement

n.

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.

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