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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The holder of the world’s most significant office should always be taken seriously. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 The Department of Homeland Security plans to devote more than $207.6 million to look for cases of possible citizenship fraud, in addition to Green Card fraud by holders of permanent residency. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses," 9 July 2018 The administration has terminated the program for Sudan, Nicaragua, Nepal, Haiti and notably El Salvador, which accounted for more holders of the special status than any other nation. NBC News, "Homeland Security extends special immigration status for some Yemenis," 6 July 2018 Under terms of the agreement Monday, holders of DVMT shares — also known as Dell Technologies Class V — will have the option to either swap their shares for Dell’s Class C common stock, or take $109 in cash per Class V share. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Dell stock will trade publicly again, five years after leveraged buyout," 3 July 2018 Arguing over $50 million transfer fee State law requires the initial holder of a racino license to pay the $50 million fee when controlling interest is sold. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Caesars agrees to pay $1 million penalty over efforts to sway Indiana casino regulators," 28 June 2018 According to prosecutors, Detroit police witnessed Davis slurring his speech and found a flask in the front cup holder of his truck. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Wayne County Sheriff reservist facing charges in death of motorcyclist," 26 June 2018 The Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association has appointed William Welter, a recent graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and the holder of an artist diploma from the Oberlin Conservatory, as principal oboe. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "CSO hires new principal oboe, Willliam Welter, one of its youngest first chairs ever," 26 June 2018 Under the exchange, current holders of 11.25 percent notes due 2021 will get 12 percent notes due 2024, according to the press release. Josh Saul, Bloomberg.com, "Murray Energy Swaps Debt on Heels of Trump Plan to Boost Coal," 4 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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