of·​fice·​hold·​er ˈä-fəs-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce officeholder (audio)
: 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 Her other work has highlighted loopholes in campaign finance law that allow officeholders to take money without telling the public about the source of funding and allow long periods without any public disclosure. The Arizona Republic, 4 Sep. 2023 Enacted after the Civil War, the disqualification clause aimed to keep former Confederate civil and military officeholders from holding state or federal office. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 13 Sep. 2023 Indeed — from its rank-and-file voters to its federal officeholders — no one can unite the Republican Party. Noah Rothman, National Review, 4 Oct. 2023 This retirement program covers statewide officeholders, state lawmakers and district and county attorneys who prosecute felonies. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 13 Sep. 2023 Press spokesmen for several Republican officeholders on the redistricting commission did not respond to requests for comment on the maps’ fairness. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2023 If socialist rule persisted in certain locales, like Milwaukee, officeholders could not continually repel Democrats or reformist, liberal Republicans. Ross Barkan, The New Republic, 3 Aug. 2023 Impacts listed were mental health of the officeholder, a feeling of insecurity in one’s own home, and the decision not to seek further public office. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2023 Amo appears to be trending at the right time, Cano seems to have the best ground game, and Matos, the only statewide officeholder in the field, has seen hundreds of thousands of dollars in outside money spent on her behalf over the past two months. Globe Columnist,, 5 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of officeholder was in 1787

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“Officeholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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of·​fice·​hold·​er -ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce officeholder (audio)
: a person holding a public office

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