[ ri-tahyuh r-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈtaɪər mənt /



noting or pertaining to retirement: retirement pay.

Nearby words

  1. retiral,
  2. retirant,
  3. retire,
  4. retired,
  5. retiree,
  6. retirement community,
  7. retirement pension,
  8. retirement plan,
  9. retirement relief,
  10. retiring

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. 2019

Examples from the Web for retirement

British Dictionary definitions for retirement


/ (rɪˈtaɪəmənt) /


  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 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