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 So are longtime Warriors ticket holders comfortable with their investment at Chase, in the wake of this season’s unexpectedly rocky start? Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Reselling Warriors tickets no longer a slam dunk: ‘Not must-attend basketball’," 27 Nov. 2019 Park officials also blocked annual-pass holders through much of the summer, contributing to the unexpected emptiness. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Disneyland's 2020 price increase is just around the corner. Here's what to expect," 26 Nov. 2019 Participants in the program are more than twice as likely as other voucher holders in Greater Baltimore to live in low-poverty neighborhoods, data indicates. Jordyn Grzelewski, cleveland, "Closed Doors: CMHA works to improve voucher program; advocates push for discrimination protections," 24 Nov. 2019 On November 27th, RedCard holders can shop the RedCard Early Access Sale online. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Black Friday Home Deals to Shop This Year, at All Your Favorite Brands," 23 Nov. 2019 Court records show that Reader is accused of failing to report personal loans/gifts from local business owners and one of his deputies as required on his financial disclosure form that elected office holders must file. Holly Zachariah, Cincinnati.com, "Ethics charge filed against Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader," 22 Nov. 2019 Fair use is a limited exception to the copyright holder’s exclusive rights for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "US Supreme Court holds innovation in the balance in Google v Oracle," 20 Nov. 2019 Latinas with advanced degrees only make two-thirds of the salary of their white male counterparts on average, and a similar discrepancy exists for bachelor’s degree and high-school degree holders. Erin Delmore, NBC News, "Equal Pay Day isn't equal — Latinas are hit hardest with wage gap," 20 Nov. 2019 Driven by land speed record holder Andy Green, the first person to break the sound barrier in a car, the Bloodhound LSR only used its Rolls-Royce jet engine during the test and is next aiming for 550 mph. Fox News, "Jet-powered Bloodhound LSR hits 628 mph in testing," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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4 Dec 2019

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“Holder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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