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Definition of Retainer


  1. One who, or that which, retains.
  2. One who is retained or kept in service; an attendant; an adherent; a hanger-on.
  3. Hence, a servant, not a domestic, but occasionally attending and wearing his master's livery.
  4. The act of a client by which he engages a lawyer or counselor to manage his cause.
  5. The act of withholding what one has in his hands by virtue of some right.
  6. A fee paid to engage a lawyer or counselor to maintain a cause, or to prevent his being employed by the opposing party in the case; -- called also retaining fee.
  7. The act of keeping dependents, or the state of being in dependence.

Retainer Quotations

That loyal retainer of the Chase Manhattan Bank, the American president.
Gore Vidal

In my opinion butlers ought To know their place, and not to play The Old Retainer night and day.
Joachim du Bellay

I had braces; I was lucky, 'cause I had some snaggle teeth. I always try and keep my retainer on me 'cause I'm paranoid about my teeth. It was run over by a car, so half of it's missing, but it still works.

I have a couple of gold teeth. I had braces for a year but I didn't wear the retainer.
J Mascis

I have always had an attorney on retainer, and now I believe I will have to put him to work.
Jeff Gannon
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Retainer Translations

retainer in German is Anwaltvorschuss {m}
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