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.

1300–50; Middle English haldere. See hold1, -er1

holdership, noun
preholder, noun
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holder (ˈhəʊldə)
1.  a person or thing that holds
2.  a.  a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something
 b.  (in combination): householder
3.  law a person who has possession of a bill of exchange, cheque, or promissory note that he is legally entitled to enforce

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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.
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.
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