retainer

A retainer is something that holds something else in place. After your braces are removed, a retainer keeps your teeth from moving out of their new perfect position.

Professionals like lawyers or consultants are paid a retainer, which is a fee. The retainer ensures that they will be available to work for you when you need them. You will often pay an hourly rate on top of the retainer once the lawyer or consultant has worked enough hours for you to use up the retainer fee you paid.

Primary Meanings of retainer

1.
n
a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment
2.
n
a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone
Full Definitions of retainer
1

n a dental appliance that holds teeth (or a prosthesis) in position after orthodontic treatment

Type of:
dental appliance
a device to repair teeth or replace missing teeth
2

n a fee charged in advance to retain the services of someone

Synonyms:
consideration
Types:
quid, quid pro quo
something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises
Type of:
fee
a fixed charge for a privilege or for professional services

n a person working in the service of another (especially in the household)

Synonyms:
servant
Types:
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body servant
a valet or personal maid
cabin boy
a young man acting as a servant on a ship
domestic, domestic help, house servant
a servant who is paid to perform menial tasks around the household
factotum
a servant employed to do a variety of jobs
familiar
a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
flunkey, flunky, lackey
a male servant (especially a footman)
major-domo, seneschal
the chief steward or butler of a great household
manservant
a man servant
menial
a domestic servant
scullion
a kitchen servant employed to do menial tasks (especially washing)
servant girl, serving girl
a girl who is a servant
ayah
(in India) a native nursemaid who looks after children
butler, pantryman
a manservant (usually the head servant of a household) who has charge of wines and the table
footman
a man employed as a servant in a large establishment (as a palace) to run errands and do chores
home help
a person hired to help in another's home (especially one employed by a local authority to help the infirm with domestic work)
housekeeper
a servant who is employed to perform domestic task in a household
amah, housemaid, maid, maidservant
a female domestic
skivvy, slavey
a female domestic servant who does all kinds of menial work
gentleman, gentleman's gentleman, man, valet, valet de chambre
a manservant who acts as a personal attendant to his employer
Type of:
worker
a person who works at a specific occupation

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