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 Doreen Harper as holder of the Fay B. Ireland Endowed Deanship in the School of Nursing, who announced her intent to retire in 2021. Derenn Hollman, al, 12 May 2022 Rivers left Fresno State as the school record holder in career (52) and rushing TDs (40) while adding 150 catches. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Apr. 2022 Novikov, who won the World's Strongest Man competition in 2020 (tying with Jón Páll Sigmarsson as the youngest-ever title holder), would have taken home $25,000 in second-place prize money. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 8 Mar. 2022 The web site Football Reference has charted sacks back to 1960 and lists Detroit rookie Al Baker as the record-holder with 23 in 1978 (16 games). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 Feb. 2022 The Guinness World Records website names a 28-toed Canadian cat, Jake, as the world-record holder with the same situation — seven toes on each of its four paws. Erick Peterson, oregonlive, 9 Feb. 2022 Guinness World Records confirmed that the two-year-old pup is the record holder on March 22 after his incredible height — 3 feet and 5.18 inches standing on all four paws— was verified by his veterinarian. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 4 May 2022 Osborne is a former Paralong Drive World Record holder, with a distance of 332 yards, and has placed in the top three in adaptive golf tournaments in Atlanta and Chicago. al, 28 Apr. 2022 The broadcaster has channels in 41 countries, including North America, and is the rights holder for the Champions League and other UEFA tournaments across the Middle East and North Africa. Stephen Battagliostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 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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“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 26 May. 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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