hold·​er | \ˈhōl-dər \

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

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And the main holders of this debt—domestic banks, insurers and mutual funds—are less affected by a falling yuan. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Bonds Buck the Emerging-Market Trend," 12 July 2018 There are currently 289,205 medical marijuana card holders in the state, and voters will see a proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use on the ballot this fall. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Michigan Approves 11 New Conditions for Medical Marijuana Treatment," 11 July 2018 Sterk said his department has secured about 1,000 new football season ticket holders for the 2018 campaign, but football season ticket totals overall are down from this point a year ago. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Mizzou athletics is in the red again, but AD Jim Sterk is 'hopeful' that changes soon," 9 July 2018 Vukmir has won the endorsement of the state Republican Party and numerous other GOP office holders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and U.S. Reps. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "GOP Senate candidate joins Gov. Walker in conga line," 9 July 2018 The previous record holder, Frank Giannino Jr., was on hand to give his congratulations by handing Kostelnick a symbolic golden baton. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Ultrarunning Hall of Fame," 29 June 2018 The current holder, Councilman James McMahan, ran for state delegate this year. David Anderson, The Aegis, "Harford races for local offices remain unchanged after first absentee canvass," 28 June 2018 An FC Cincinnati season ticket holder who lives in West End. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Mayor reveals 13 picks to the FC Cincinnati Community Coalition," 27 June 2018 Your first order includes a Billie razor handle, a magnetic holder, and two blade cartridges. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "This $9 Razor Brand Is Changing The Way We Talk About Body Hair," 26 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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