pen·​hold·​er ˈpen-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce penholder (audio)
: a holder or handle for a pen point

Examples of penholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, if nothing else, the exchange marks a reversal of the awkwardness that ensued in 2009 when British Prime Minister Gordon Brown gave President Barack Obama a penholder made from the timbers of the same ship whose wood was used to build the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office., 12 June 2021 The six-month journal features a sturdy leather cover and comes equipped with an elastic penholder, a closure band, bookmarks, a pocket for notes, and organizational stickers. Emily Belfiore,, 7 Jan. 2022 What better way to keep organized than with a device the combines a desk fan, a small desk light, a penholder, and a smartphone stand? Popular Science, 29 June 2020 The president was fresh off another British gift gaffe with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, after Brown gave him a penholder carved from the wood of an anti-slave ship, and in return, Obama gave him DVD box sets. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 22 Sep. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1815, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penholder was in 1815

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“Penholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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