[aw-fis-hohl-der, of-is-]
a person filling a governmental position; public official.

1850–55; office + holder

nonofficeholder, noun Unabridged
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1. someone who is appointed or elected to an office and who holds a position of trust; "he is an officer of the court"; "the club elected its officers for the coming year" 
2. the official who holds an office [syn: incumbent
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Example sentences for officeholders
Administration was in the hands of officeholders, over a thousand each year.
Officeholders were the agents of the people, not their representatives.
There were two methods of selecting people as officeholders, lottery or election.
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