bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Definition of binder

1 : a person or machine that binds something (such as books)
2a : something used in binding
b : a usually detachable cover (as for holding sheets of paper)
3 : something (such as tar or cement) that produces or promotes cohesion in loosely assembled substances
4 : a temporary insurance contract that provides coverage until the policy is issued
5 : something (such as money) given in earnest also : the agreement arrived at
6 : a tobacco leaf wrapped between the filler and wrapper of a cigar

Examples of binder in a Sentence

The egg in the recipe acts as a binder.

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On Twitter, many were quick to notice and call out the Duchess' sneaky binder placement: Today marks the first day of Meghan and Harry's joint royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Fiji. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Used a Classic TV Trick to Sneakily Hide Her Baby Bump," 15 Oct. 2018 Arvi’s art is stored on shelves, in binders, in the basement. Kirk Johnson, New York Times, "He Couldn’t Refuse a Deathbed Plea. Now He’s Got 10,000 Pieces of Art.," 24 June 2018 For now, a new binder fills the shelves each year, pushing the tattered ledgers, and the tantalizing bits of stories inside, a bit farther out of reach. Mike Newall,, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 The circle of aides with access to the president's briefing book — in the George W. Bush administration, a big, black binder sent along with the president to the residence each night — is small. Michael Gerson, Anchorage Daily News, "Is Trump’s coziness with Putin causing the White House to panic?," 25 Mar. 2018 The couple made their first appearance in Sydney yesterday, before the baby news broke, with Meghan dressed casually in a coat, black sweater, and pants, while strategically holding a stack of binders over her stomach. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a White Dress for Her First Appearance After Announcing Her Pregnancy," 15 Oct. 2018 For example, restaurant meatballs at home almost always use breadcrumbs as a binder. SELF, "I'm a Foodie With Celiac Disease. Here's Why I Love Traveling to Sweden," 25 Sep. 2018 Now with Wolfram Alpha’s help, Alexa can field questions like how high do swans fly, how many sheets of paper will fit in a binder, and how fast is the wind blowing right now. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Alexa now knows how high swans fly thanks to Wolfram Alpha," 20 Dec. 2018 Next, the LGBTQ+ Office is raising money to purchase chest binders for the university’s trans male students. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "“Trans Closets” Are Opening Up on College Campuses and It’s So Important," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of binder

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of binder

: a cover for holding together sheets of paper
: a material that is used to hold things together
: a person or machine that puts books together


bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Kids Definition of binder

1 : a person who binds books
2 : a cover for holding together loose sheets of paper
3 : a machine that cuts grain and ties it into bundles


bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Medical Definition of binder

1 : a broad bandage applied (as about the chest or abdomen) for support a breast binder an obstetrical binder
2 : a substance (as glucose or acacia) used in pharmacy to hold together the ingredients of a compressed tablet

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bind·​er | \ ˈbīn-dər How to pronounce binder (audio) \

Legal Definition of binder

1 : a temporary insurance contract that provides coverage until the policy is issued
2 : a receipt for money paid to the owner of real estate or to the owner's agent to secure the right to purchase the real estate upon agreed terms also : the money itself

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something valued as if it were money

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