card·​hold·​er | \ ˈkärd-ˌhōl-dər \

Definition of cardholder

: one who possesses a card and especially a credit card

Examples of cardholder in a Sentence

Cardholders are required to make a minimum payment each month.

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But two recent episodes show that the cards can also be a liability, offering a false sense of security in interactions with federal officials that can leave cardholders in detention. Zoe Greenberg, New York Times, "The IDs Were Meant to Protect Immigrants. Are They a Liability?," 10 July 2018 Some cards issued by large banks give outsized rewards to cardholders who keep piles of money in the bank’s checking, saving and investment accounts. Gregory Karp, The Seattle Times, "A cheapskate’s guide to shopping for credit cards," 16 Oct. 2018 The first notice of the 24-hour outage, which came to cardholders by mail on June 4, came in 18 languages. Adesuwa Agbonile, sacbee, "California's Electronic Benefits Transfer system to shut down for 24 hours this weekend," 21 June 2018 Citi cardholders will have access to a pre-sale beginning Tuesday at 10 a.m. For complete presale details visit Jessi Roti,, "Nicki Minaj, Future performing in Chicago this fall on 'NICKIHNDRXX' tour," 11 June 2018 Currently, Prime members receive 10 percent off sale items at Whole Foods in addition to special deals on specific items, as well as 5 percent cash back for Amazon Prime Rewards Visa cardholders and two-hour delivery with Prime Now. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon launches grocery pickup at Whole Foods for Prime members," 8 Aug. 2018 So much so, in fact, the website crashed last year as soon as its cardholder presale started. Glamour Beauty Editors, Glamour, "The Best Beauty Deals From Nordstrom's 2018 Anniversary Sale," 23 July 2018 The study also found that 27% of cardholders without a college degree have done this, versus 12% with a college education. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "43M Americans mistakenly think carrying credit card balance improves credit scores: Survey," 2 July 2018 American Express cardholders can access a pre-sale beginning at noon Tuesday. Jessi Roti,, "Florence + the Machine bring world tour to United Center in October," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of cardholder

1909, in the meaning defined above

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: someone who has a credit card

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