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Definition of retainer noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a sum of money that is paid to someone to make sure they will be available to do work when they are needed The agency will pay you a monthly retainer.
  2. 2a device that keeps a person's teeth straight after they have had treatment with braces
  3. 3(old-fashioned) a servant, especially one who has been with a family for a long time
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: retainer