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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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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The next biggest holders are Vanguard Group and BlackRock Group Inc., each with a little more than 5% of the company. Laura Stevens And Sara Randazzo, WSJ, "Bezos Divorce Clouds His Stake in Amazon," 9 Jan. 2019 Prada Card Holder Give the stylish minimalist in your life the gift of leaving his wallet behind with this sleek, slim-profile card holder. The Editors, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine’s Valentine’s Day Gift Guide," 11 Feb. 2019 This system took millions of dollars to develop and is often pointed to as a working example of upload filters by rights holders and lawmakers who wish to make such technology mandatory for every website which hosts user content online. Ulrich Kaiser, Ars Technica, "Google: Sorry professor, old Beethoven recordings on YouTube are copyrighted," 3 Sep. 2018 Next, Group 2, comprised of Silver-level frequent-fliers, select United credit card holders and travelers who have purchased priority access or boarding privileges with the carrier, will enter through lane 2. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "United launches color-coded process for streamlined boarding," 18 Sep. 2018 Many of them, according to Vaughn, were U.S. citizens or green card holders but were afraid nevertheless of being detained themselves. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018 In Michigan, there are 289,205 medical marijuana card holders. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "Autism, 10 other conditions now qualify patients for medical marijuana," 9 July 2018 The second version of Trump’s travel ban was issued in March 2017 and eliminated Iraq from the list of nations and exempted visa- and green-card holders but was struck down last spring. Megan Henry, Indianapolis Star, "ACLU of Indiana, others urge people to reach out to lawmakers over Trump's travel ban," 27 June 2018 Detainees could be asylum seekers, unauthorized immigrants or green card holders who were convicted of crimes. Kate Morrissey, sandiegouniontribune.com, "CoreCivic moves to expand Otay Mesa Detention Center," 24 June 2018

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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