land·​hold·​ing ˈland-ˌhōl-diŋ How to pronounce landholding (audio)
: the state or fact of holding or owning land
: property in land
landholding adjective

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The business thrived and the Armours purchased some 1,000 acres in Lake Forest—and Suffield House now stands on a small portion of this once vast landholding. David Kaufman, Robb Report, 26 Oct. 2022 This bottleneck is further complicated with the decreasing size of agricultural landholdings in the country. S Gopikrishna Warrier, Quartz India, 27 May 2020 Fiennes is the conservation manager of the Holkham Estate, one of Britain’s most important private landholdings. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020 Too many farmers rely on the most basic of technologies and own smaller landholdings that preclude economies of scale. Washington Post, 1 Feb. 2019 The installation is the Navy's largest single landholding, representing 85% of the Navy's land for Research, Development, Acquisition, Test and Evaluation (RDAT&E) use and 38% of the Navy's land holdings worldwide. Peter Martinez, CBS News, 1 Aug. 2019 The trust, established to dispose of the large landholdings of a defunct 19th century railroad, has an unusual structure dating back to the 1880s with a board operated by just three trustees who serve lifetime appointments. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, 31 July 2019 The installation is the Navy’s largest single landholding, sprawling over 1.1 million acres, an area larger than Rhode Island. Paloma Esquivel,, 6 July 2019 The chief stumbling block to agreement was the enormous western landholdings of some of the states. Thomas Wendel, National Review, 4 July 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landholding was in 1662

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“Landholding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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