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 Recently, the league signed a seven-year deal to make ESPN its primary rights holder starting next season. oregonlive, "NHL, Turner Sports reach 7-year deal, will air 3 Stanley Cup finals," 27 Apr. 2021 Now, each cardholder will build his or her credit history regardless of the main account holder. Zach Epstein, BGR, "8 big announcements from the Apple event that fans can’t stop talking about," 20 Apr. 2021 Being added to someone else’s account, even if that account holder doesn't physically give you a credit card, means the history from that account will become part of your credit profile, often within as little as 60 days. Mia Taylor, Better Homes & Gardens, "4 Reasons Your Refinance Application Can Be Denied," 6 Apr. 2021 One potential hang-up is not necessarily the system itself but the soundness of what a Chinese vaccine passport professes to prove: that its holder is protected against COVID-19. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Vaccine passports to travel freely are still a dream—except in China," 13 Mar. 2021 This is also true for Jeep's Gladiator models (though its hardware holder is under the rear-passenger seat). Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, "Door and Roof Removal: Bronco vs. Wrangler," 2 Mar. 2021 The program offers local merchant gift cards in denominations of $50 and $100, complete with their own gift card holder, envelope and Cleveland Shops member directory. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Cleveland Shops urging holiday support of local merchants; first-time half-price sale coming Dec. 18," 15 Dec. 2020 For those who get lifetime permits, sheriffs would conduct background checks at least every five years to make sure the permit-holder is still eligible to have a firearm. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Alabama lawmakers approve lifetime pistol permits, database of people prohibited from having guns," 8 Apr. 2021 With 10 hooks and 47 inches of rail, this wall-mount utensil holder is a space-saving hero in any kitchen. Chelsea Evers, Better Homes & Gardens, "Transport Your Kitchen with These Tips for Creating a Provincial Pantry," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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