hold·​er | \ ˈhōl-dər How to pronounce holder (audio) \

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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Examples of holder in a Sentence

She is the holder of an honorary degree. the holder of a world record
Recent Examples on the Web There are a number of limited-time discounts currently available to annual pass holders, too. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Universal Orlando's CityWalk Reopens Today — Here Are the Health and Safety Precautions in Place," 14 May 2020 Do not leave card stands, flyers, napkin holders, or other items on tables. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus: New protocols outline future for California restaurants," 12 May 2020 That shortage has now hit individual Lebanese account holders, whose banks have either limited dollar withdrawals or stopped handing out dollars altogether. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Lebanon’s Economic Crisis Explodes, Threatening Decades of Prosperity," 10 May 2020 Library card holders, however, can use a new curbside pickup option. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "Allen taking a phased approach to reopening city operations," 7 May 2020 The pact, made with the Korean Baseball Organization's (KBO) international rights holder Eclat Media Group, calls one game to air each day, Tuesday through Sunday, on an ESPN channel and its digital platform. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump falsely claims U.S. is testing more than every other country 'combined'," 4 May 2020 The resort has also come up with a brand-new perk for Epic Pass holders, called Epic Protection. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Vail Resorts Rewards Epic Loyalty with Epic Protections," 27 Apr. 2020 The rights holders of U.S. blockbusters returning to Chinese theaters, according to the Hollywood Reporter, will receive the standard 25% share of sales—a rate established in a 2012 U.S.-China trade deal. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "China’s movie theaters are closed—again. For studios, the anxiety is unbearable," 22 Apr. 2020 What really distinguishes the PF7K from regular inflatable rafts is the casting seat; two rod holders; two gear pouches; and four tracking strips, for extra stability. Outdoor Life, "Inflatable fishing boats for beginners, experts, and everyone in between," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of holder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of holder was in the 14th century

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21 May 2020

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“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce holder (audio)

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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