slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \
plural slaveholders

Definition of slaveholder

: someone who holds one or more people in forced servitude

Other Words from slaveholder

slaveholding \ ˈslāv-​ˌhōl-​diŋ How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \ adjective or noun

Examples of slaveholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Manumission is the act of a slaveholder emancipating a slave. Chadd Scott, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 Cleveland City Council unanimously passed a resolution Monday urging Cleveland State University to remove the name of slaveholder U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall from CSU’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, reports Courtney Astolfi. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 26 Jan. 2022 The first woman ever to serve in the Senate was a former slaveholder. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 The law was crafted by a slaveholder, Henry Clay, who is so renowned as one of America’s greatest statesmen that 16 counties across the country are named for him. Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2022 Name change: Pressure is mounting to change the name of Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law because it is named for slaveholder and former U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 14 Jan. 2022 The 23-year-old Virginian slaveholder was serving as an aide to the British general of North America, Edward Braddock, in the Battle of the Monongahela. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, 18 Nov. 2021 Last month, members of the New York City Council unanimously voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from council chambers, owing to his history as a slaveholder. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2021 The city’s Public Design Commission decided to remove the statue following complaints from Assemblymen Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron and others that Jefferson was a slaveholder., 20 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of slaveholder

1769, in the meaning defined above

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“Slaveholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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slave·​hold·​er | \ ˈslāv-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce slaveholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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