holder

noun

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

Examples of holder in a Sentence

She is the holder of an honorary degree. the holder of a world record
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

holder

noun
hold·​er ˈhōl-dər How to pronounce holder (audio)
1
: a person that holds
especially : a legal owner
2
: a device that holds

Legal Definition

holder

noun
hold·​er
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
2
a
: 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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