[ ri-trench-muh nt ]
/ rɪˈtrɛntʃ mənt /


the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.
Fortification. an interior work that cuts off a part of a fortification from the rest, and to which a garrison may retreat.

Origin of retrenchment

From the French word retrenchement, dating back to 1590–1600. See retrench, -ment

Related forms

non·re·trench·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment


/ (rɪˈtrɛntʃmənt) /


the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability
an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls
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Medicine definitions for retrenchment


[ rĭ-trĕnchmənt ]


The cutting away of superfluous tissue.
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