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 This features a twist dial that rotates easily, expanding the spacers for a secure fit in your cup holder. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 Aug. 2021 Nowhere in any sport has the holder of a sacred record -- who just happens to have been from here, played here, managed here and in some precincts remain beloved here -- ever been excommunicated from his sport the way Rose has. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 25 Aug. 2021 The transparent candle holder has a subtle pumpkin shape with ridges and all. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 23 Aug. 2021 With flexible material, the CDC vaccine card holder was designed to easily insert or remove the COVID vaccine card. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 20 Aug. 2021 Senegal still requires a contract from a vaccine manufacturer or patent holder such as Johnson & Johnson. Nosmot Gbadamosi, Time, 19 Aug. 2021 Tickets are now available for download at no charge and grant access to the ticket holder and one guest. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021 The rubber coated tips keep the phone secure and the spring loaded holder expands and retracts around the phone. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 Aug. 2021 The Alabama high school record holder for career interceptions, Bridges is now competing for no less than a spot on the two-deep and possibly the starting job on the boundary side. oregonlive, 16 Aug. 2021

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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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11 Sep 2021

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“Holder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holder. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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