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

Definition of officeholder

: one holding a public office

Keep scrolling for more

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 Instead of running for Congress, a someone could run for a job that a current officeholder must relinquish. Anthony Man,, "Death of congressman Alcee Hastings sets off political showdown, as candidates line up to replace him," 11 Apr. 2021 State law has leaders of the previous officeholder’s political affiliation fill the vacancy. Greg Bishop, Washington Examiner, "Madigan nominee Kodatt selected as replacement amid split vote," 22 Feb. 2021 Meal and travel expenses are generally allowed, provided they are related to a candidate’s campaign or an officeholder’s responsibilities. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah candidates would have to disclose more about their campaign spending if state bill passes," 23 Feb. 2021 Whether to give a past president intelligence briefings is solely the current officeholder’s prerogative. Aamer Madhani,, "Biden says ‘no need’ for Trump to get intel briefs," 5 Feb. 2021 One is that an officeholder, once impeached, can be tried even after leaving office, and a guilty verdict can bar a defendant from holding public office again. Star Tribune, "Is there any realistic possibility of ousting Trump early?," 11 Jan. 2021 In the past, this handoff from an outgoing president to the next officeholder has typically been carried out with grace, even after bruising campaigns and when the new president has very different goals. CBS News, "How 2020's "unusual" presidential transition compares to past transfers of power," 24 Nov. 2020 The Ohio campaign finance handbook indicates campaigns can pay for legal fees that further the candidate’s campaign committee or carry out the proper duties of an officeholder. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio AG: Indicted Ohio Rep. Larry Householder illegally used campaign cash on legal fees," 23 Oct. 2020 While the sheriff is the highest-ranking law enforcement official in the county, the officeholder primarily oversees the daily jail operations, warrant execution and highway patrol. Nic Garcia, Dallas News, "Coronavirus cases in jail, criminal justice reform key issues in Dallas County sheriff race," 19 Oct. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'officeholder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of officeholder

1787, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about officeholder

Time Traveler for officeholder

Time Traveler

The first known use of officeholder was in 1787

See more words from the same year

Statistics for officeholder

Last Updated

19 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Officeholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for officeholder



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

More from Merriam-Webster on officeholder

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for officeholder

Nglish: Translation of officeholder for Spanish Speakers

Comments on officeholder

What made you want to look up officeholder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!