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 But those efforts have done little to prevent landlords from continuing to reject voucher holders. Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, ProPublica, "How Wealthy Towns Keep People With Housing Vouchers Out," 9 Jan. 2020 And at the bottom — above his neck and below the mohawk — Sorenson shaved his customer's hair to resemble pool balls resting in their triangle holder. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'I feel like I am walking away from my family': Menomonee Falls barber Pete Sorenson is retiring after 45 years," 11 Dec. 2019 The Celtics and their season ticket holders combined to give out more than 1,000 seats to the United Service Organizations. Ken Powtak, courant.com, "Walker scores 22 as Celtics rout Cavs in Hayward’s return," 9 Dec. 2019 Each ring is presented upright as sculpture, but can easily be taken out of its holder and placed on a hand. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Karl Fritsch Makes Rings That Aspire to Sculpture," 5 Dec. 2019 The tablet can be left secured in its holder or removed and used from any seat or even outside the vehicle. Emma Jayne Williams, chicagotribune.com, "BMW updates the 7-Series sedan line for 2020; plug-in hybrid model added," 3 Dec. 2019 Wearing sweatpants and a hoodie emblazoned with the name of his school’s basketball team, Jed slumped in the dining room, at a large table, his Louis Vuitton key holder sitting beside his pencils. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "SAT Prep for the Über-Rich," 18 Nov. 2019 Molson entered this season having made 43 of 60 (71.7%) field-goal tries, including a game winner in the final seconds against California in 2017, but said his struggles in 2019 were not related to switching his holder and snapper. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Austin Burton could get a second chance to prove himself for UCLA against Oregon State," 30 Sep. 2019 The snap, too high for his holder, skipped back to the 25-yard line. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Switzerland to Cleveland Heights: Bay Harvey becomes Tigers’ Swiss Army knife," 19 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of holder

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Holder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holders. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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How to pronounce holder (audio)

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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