1 of 2

noun (1)

: the grip of an anchor
: the bottom that an anchor grips
: firm hold : security


2 of 2

noun (2)

: the cell of an anchorite

Word History


Noun (1)

anchor entry 1 + hold (grasp)

Noun (2)

anchor entry 3 + hold (shelter)

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1631, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anchor-hold was in 1527

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near anchor-hold

Cite this Entry

“Anchor-hold.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!