hold·​er | \ ˈhōl-dər \

Definition of holder

1 : a person that holds: such as
a(1) : owner
(2) : tenant
b : a person in possession of and legally entitled to receive payment of a bill, note, or check
2 : a device that holds a cigarette holder

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Synonyms for holder


owner, possessor, proprietor

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Examples of holder in a Sentence

She is the holder of an honorary degree. the holder of a world record

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Target card holders get special early access to a portion of the holiday items, which include matching family Christmas pajamas, adorable stockings, and a few other merry pieces. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Shop Chip and Joanna Gaines’ New Target Christmas Collection Before Everyone Else," 29 Oct. 2018 Skip the overhead lamp at the dinner table in favor of candles—traditional or antique-style candlestick holders work best. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 The data, though, could be higher than the national average because Chase account holders skew younger and are more likely to live in the West than the population at large. Rani Molla, Recode, "Uber drivers and other gig economy workers are earning half what they did five years ago," 24 Sep. 2018 McEnroe and Connors spent only one year at their respective schools, and both emerged as NCAA singles title holders. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "While not always popular among fans, John Isner has aced his way to Wimbledon semis," 12 July 2018 Smythson’s simple and distinguished doc holder doesn’t over-complicate things, which is much appreciated during these busy times. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 If a bankrupt company with $5 billion of unsecured bonds and $10 billion of first-lien loans were determined to be worth $10 billion, for example, bondholders would be completely wiped out, while the loan holders would get all their money back. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dwindling ‘Debt Cushions’ Threaten Safety of Leveraged Loans," 25 Jan. 2019 Meghan and Harry, ladies and gentlemen, the world's cutest hand-holders. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Weren't Shy With the PDA During Their Birkenhead Visit," 14 Jan. 2019 Backup defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney stuffed Alabama holder Mac Jones on a fake field goal try that ended far short of its goal. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Clemson uses big moments to topple Tide for title," 8 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of holder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of holder

: a person who holds or owns something
: a device that holds something



Legal Definition of holder

1 : a person that holds: as
a : owner the holder of a patent often used in combination a stockholder
b : one that holds or occupies the property of another by agreement and especially under a lease
2a : a person who under the Uniform Commercial Code is in possession of a negotiable instrument that names and is made payable to the possessor or that is payable to bearer
b : a person under the Uniform Commercial Code in possession of goods named in a document of title if the goods are deliverable to bearer or to the order of the possessor
3 in the civil law of Louisiana : an individual (as a trustee or debtor) or legal or commercial entity that under the Civil Code's provisions for disposition of unclaimed property is in possession of property belonging to another

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a servile follower or underling

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