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[hohl-der] /ˈhoʊl dər/
something that holds or secures:
a pencil holder.
a person who has the ownership, possession, or use of something; owner; tenant.
Law. a person who has the legal right to enforce a negotiable instrument.
Origin of holder
1300-50; Middle English haldere. See hold1, -er1
Related forms
holdership, noun
preholder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for holder
  • But perhaps it wouldn't be that tough to use a one-cup-size filter holder.
  • Yet even the majestic giant sequoia is not the record holder.
  • Being a graduate student means being a job-holder, with an extended training period.
  • Climate change is about the long term global average not about whether this month or day or even year is the new record holder.
  • It says it was removed because the copyright holder wished it removed.
  • It has many useful inner coat pockets, such as a cell phone holder and goggle holder.
  • Driver's licenses and social security cards don't demonstrate anything about the holder's legal presence.
  • Permission will need to be sought from the copyright holder.
  • But that uncertainty may mean the role is determined by the personality of its first holder.
  • We read our children books, borrowed from a library, without paying the original copyright holder for the performance rights.
British Dictionary definitions for holder


a person or thing that holds
  1. a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something
  2. (in combination): householder
(law) a person who has possession of a bill of exchange, cheque, or promissory note that he is legally entitled to enforce
Derived Forms
holdership, noun
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Word Origin and History for holder

c.1400, "tenant, occupier," agent noun from hold (v.). Meaning "device for holding something" is attested from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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