of·​fice·​hold·​er | \ ˈä-fəs-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce officeholder (audio) , ˈȯ-\

Definition of officeholder

: one holding a public office

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the last officeholder was extremely conscientious about not using public funds for his personal gain

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The position has few official duties, but officeholders have used it as a way to advance certain causes on a statewide level. Michelle R. Smith, The Seattle Times, "Rhode Island to vote as midterm primary season winds down," 11 Sep. 2018 But in 2016, every statewide officeholder was a Republican other than Gary Peters [the state’s other senator] and myself. Dante Chinni, WSJ, "Blue-Collar Voters Are Up for Grabs in 2020," 16 Dec. 2018 Roberts didn’t need to respond to the AP’s inquiry; most officeholders, especially those generally allied with the president, are extremely used to ignoring Trump’s more inflammatory statements. Dara Lind, Vox, "John Roberts is mad at Trump for attacking an “Obama judge”," 21 Nov. 2018 Vukmir won the Republican Party endorsement in May and since then was endorsed by a host of high-profile state officeholders and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "2 Trump loyalists vie to take on Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin," 13 Aug. 2018 This column is trying to understand the current fad among Democratic state officeholders for enabling abortions right up until the moment of birth. James Freeman, WSJ, "Virginia’s ‘Moderate’ Governor," 1 Feb. 2019 But the liberal push to abolish ICE is increasingly being embraced by officeholders in Democratic Party, including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "GOP bill applauding ICE approved in House, as Dems lament 'stunt'," 18 July 2018 But the steps conservatives took to secure victory for a former officeholder illustrate just how much the anti-Trump energy on the left is putting Republicans on the defensive across the country. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Debbie Lesko Wins Arizona Special Election for Congress, Rallying G.O.P.," 24 Apr. 2018 The party had only a few dozen members and no officeholders—most Hong Kongers don’t support independence—but the Hong Kong government deemed the fringe group a threat. Gerard Gayou, WSJ, "Xi’s Promise to Taiwan Sounds Like a Threat," 3 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of officeholder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of officeholder was in 1787

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English Language Learners Definition of officeholder

: a person who has an official job or position especially in the government


of·​fice·​hold·​er | \ ˈȯ-fəs-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce officeholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of officeholder

: a person who has been elected or appointed to a public position

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