[ ri-trench-muhnt ]
See synonyms for retrenchment on
  1. the act of retrenching; a cutting down or off, as by the reduction of expenses.

  2. 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

Other words from retrenchment

  • non·re·trench·ment, noun

Words Nearby retrenchment Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use retrenchment in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for retrenchment


/ (rɪˈtrɛntʃmənt) /

  1. the act of reducing expenditure in order to improve financial stability

  2. an extra interior fortification to reinforce outer walls

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