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 The existing intellectual-property rule on pharmaceuticals includes a provision allowing companies to manufacture, for a fee, a patented product without the patent holder’s agreement under an arrangement known as compulsory licensing. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, 17 June 2022 The architecture of this new agreement is considerably different from traditional pacts between sports leagues and TV rights holders, even beyond the fact rights are going to a holder that operates exclusively as a streaming service. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 16 June 2022 On Wednesday, Bitcoin and Ether came very close to touching the $20,000 and $1,000 level marks during the course of the session, prompting fears of margin calls for the world’s single biggest Bitcoin holder Microstrategy. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 15 June 2022 The company, through a corporate reorganization, has completed refinancing the debt of Diamond Sports Group, holder of local sports networks that Sinclair purchased for $10.6 billion in 2019. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2022 California’s water rights system allows for regulators to curtail rights and halt diversions based on the year that a right holder started using water. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2022 Bohm slammed his bat against the holder repeatedly, but on his final strike the bat kicked back and struck him up high. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 The holder doubles as home decor because of its incredibly detailed carving and beautiful finish. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 3 June 2022 Vassallo, a former USA Olympian and dual world record holder, has been instrumental in building the Piranhas into a competitive swim program. Emmett Hall, Sun Sentinel, 3 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of holder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jun 2022

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“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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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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