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

Definition of officeholder

: one holding a public office

Examples of officeholder in a Sentence

the last officeholder was extremely conscientious about not using public funds for his personal gain
Recent Examples on the Web But supporters of Bass have launched an independent expenditure committee to help the longtime officeholder compete with Caruso’s wealth. Los Angeles Times, 19 Mar. 2022 While the vast majority of contests are for party nominations, elections for state central committeemen, state central committeewomen and Lake Forest alderman will determine the officeholder. Steve Sadin,, 8 Mar. 2022 President Pedro Castillo, the first-time officeholder who has parried multiple impeachment attempts since his July inauguration, swore in his fourth Cabinet last month. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2022 Those values contribute to how an officeholder will approach their job. Steve Sadin,, 15 Feb. 2022 When a vacancy occurs in a countywide office, the officeholder's political party can choose the person to fill the vacancy until an election can be held. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, 30 Dec. 2021 McCarthy is the highest-ranking GOP officeholder Thompson has requested information from, as the committee probes last year's riot. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 12 Jan. 2022 Jensen’s fellow council members appointed her in January from about 36 applicants for the second half of the term, which was left vacant when the former officeholder Esther Sanchez was elected mayor in November 2020. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Dec. 2021 The current officeholder, Craig Lindholm, was first appointed in 2013 and was unopposed for re-election in 2018. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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19 Apr 2022

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“Officeholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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