What does the word retainer mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • A follower.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • One who retains.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • A retaining fee.

Usage examples for retainer

  1. When Sir Hugh heard this, he flew into a rage, called for his horse and rode to Oswald's door, followed at a little distance by this retainer who now told us the tale. – Cedric, the Forester by Bernard Gay Marshall
  2. " By the way," you inquire of your new retainer, " what's your name?" – The Killer by Stewart Edward White
  3. The mounted police had been withdrawn, and the local officers were selected more with a view to rewarding past political services, and furnishing a retainer for services yet to be performed, than from any consideration of mental or physical efficiency. – The Bail Jumper by Robert J. C. Stead