1) N-COUNT A retainer is a fee that you pay to someone in order to make sure that they will be available to do work for you if you need them to.

I'll need a five-hundred-dollar retainer...

Liz was being paid a regular monthly retainer.

2) N-COUNT A servant who has been with one family for a long time can be referred to as a retainer. [OLD-FASHIONED]

I found the gardener, a family retainer, morosely surveying the scene.


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