What does the word retirement mean?

Usage examples for retirement

  1. Lady Ruthven followed, and as the acclamations of the people echoed through the air, Helen pressed the precious cross of Wallace to her bosom and hastily left the room to enjoy the rapture of her thoughts in the blessed retirement of her own oratory. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  2. Mr. Adams was not long permitted to remain in retirement. – Memoir of the Life of John Quincy Adams. by Josiah Quincy