- a fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed.
- Prosthodontics.a part on a bridge or the like by which the bridge is attached to the natural teeth.
- retained income,
- retained menstruation,
- retained object,
- retained object complement,
- retained testis,
- retaining ring,
- retaining wall,
Origin of retainer1
Origin of retainer2
Examples from the Web for retainer
Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, Bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.Gone Girl’s Biggest Twist Is the Superb Tyler Perry|Alex Suskind|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One of the perks offered by the challenge is help from a list of professionals the foundation will keep on retainer.Rockefeller Foundation Announces $100 Million Project to Make Cities More Resilient|Miranda Green|May 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer?
Was he a relative, a retainer, a member of the family in any way?The Ladies Lindores, Vol. 2(of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
Jimmie and his retainer had not expected this boy to display the manners of a minor chief, and they contemplated him attentively.Whilomville Stories|Stephen Crane
"Tell Earl Edwin that Harold would speak with him," he said to the retainer at the door.Wulf the Saxon|G. A. Henty
Yorimasa and his retainer ran forward and despatched the fearful creature they saw before them.Myths & Legends of Japan|F. Hadland (Frederick Hadland) Davis
In the primitive heathen days it had been a rule that the retainer must not survive his vanquished lord.Beowulf|R. W. Chambers
"fee to secure services," mid-15c., originally "act of keeping for oneself" from retain, or perhaps from or influenced by Middle French retenir, infinitive used as a noun. Meaning "fee paid to an attorney to secure his services" is from 1818.
"servant," 1530s, agent noun from retain (v.). Also "one who retains or holds" (1540s). Meaning "dental structure used to hold a bridge in place" is recorded from 1887.