Definition of retenue in English:

retenue

noun

  • Restraint in speech or behaviour; reserve; caution; self-control.

Origin

Mid 18th century; earliest use found in William Warburton (1698–1779), bishop of Gloucester and religious controversialist. From French retenue restraint, caution, modesty (in speech or conduct), specifically sense of retenue.

Pronunciation

retenue

/rɛtəˈn(j)uː/