officeholder

noun
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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Examples of officeholder in a Sentence

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

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How do all the New York Times columnists, CNN anchors and correspondents and Democratic officeholders who say the president called Nazis fine people and who believe the president is a white supremacist reconcile those two facts? Dennis Prager, National Review, "Chronicling the Left’s Lies," 6 Aug. 2019 The entrepreneur who has surprised by polling ahead of some federal officeholders faded into the background for the most part. NBC News, "Who won the second Democratic debate, Night 2?," 1 Aug. 2019 Several Republican officeholders were in the crowd, and Trump gave two Republican candidates running in special congressional elections in North Carolina this fall a chance to come onstage. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "From “Lock Her Up” to “Send Her Back”: Trump in North Carolina," 18 July 2019 No candidate or officeholder has faced more widespread criticism for keeping a tight grip on their Internal Revenue Service forms than Trump. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s tax returns required under new California election law," 30 July 2019 Trump bet earlier than others that Republican voters and officeholders would come back around to his side. Fortune, "How Away Is Outlawing Internal Emails: The Broadsheet," 11 July 2019 As the first 2004 primaries loomed, Democratic donors, officeholders and blue-collar workers became concerned that Dean might be too far ahead to be stopped. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Will 2020 be a repeat of 2004 for Democrats?," 8 Aug. 2019 Indiana ethics laws require officeholders, including the governor, to disclose gifts of more than $100 from anyone who has an interest in a state contract or license. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Inspector general OKs casino boss's private flights for Gov. Eric Holcomb," 8 Aug. 2019 Evers' vetoes were not as creative as some of those issued by previous officeholders, including Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conservatives ask state Supreme Court to block Gov. Tony Evers' budget vetoes," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of officeholder

1787, in the meaning defined above

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officeholder

noun

English Language Learners Definition of officeholder

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

officeholder

noun
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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