- n. 保持器；家臣；保持者；[机] 护圈；预付费用
1. re- "back" + -tain + -er.
2. => hold back, keep back.
3. => continue keeping, keep possession of, keep in the mind.
4. => keep (another) attached to one's person, keep in service.
- retainer (n.1)
- "fee to secure services," mid-15c., originally "act of keeping for oneself" from retain, or perhaps from or influenced by Middle French retenir, infinitive used as a noun. Meaning "fee paid to an attorney to secure his services" is from 1818.
- retainer (n.2)
- "servant," 1530s, agent noun from retain (v.). Also "one who retains or holds" (1540s). Meaning "dental structure used to hold a bridge in place" is recorded from 1887.
- 1. I found the gardener, a family retainer, morosely surveying the scene.
- 2. Liz was being paid a regular monthly retainer.
- 3. I'll need a five-hundred-dollar retainer.
- 4. The agency will pay you a monthly retainer.
- 5. Her arrival had just been announced by the faithful retainer.
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