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

Definition of slaveholder

: an owner of slaves

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

Examples of slaveholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When in 1852 a Black person was kidnapped by a US slaveholder in Guerrero, Coahuila, four town officials tracked him down and killed him in a shootout. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "When Slaves Fled to Mexico," 27 Apr. 2021 Conclusively linking her great-grandfather to his primary slaveholder was a triumph for Karen. Ann Banks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Two Women, Their Lives Connected by American Slavery, Tackle Their Shared History," 19 Aug. 2020 That renaming effort was led by the school's parent-teacher organization and focused on the disconnect between a school that embraces diversity and its slaveholder namesake. Erin Golden, Star Tribune, "St. Paul will consider renaming Ramsey Middle School," 23 Mar. 2021 Her likeness would either replace or join the one of Andrew Jackson, the nation's seventh U.S. president and a slaveholder. Monica Williams, Star Tribune, "Tubman on the $20 does nothing for me as a Black woman," 5 Feb. 2021 The Texas Diocese bishop, C. Andrew Doyle, noted the diocese’s first bishop, Alexander Gregg, was a slaveholder and its first church, in Matagorda, was built with slave labor. The Salt Lake Tribune, "More U.S. churches commit to racism-linked reparations," 14 Dec. 2020 The records were uncovered as part of a research project, and the project's team learned in late spring about the possible existence of the 1850 census document showing Hopkins as a slaveholder, the school officials said. NBC News, "Johns Hopkins, long believed by university to be abolitionist, owned slaves, records show," 10 Dec. 2020 The Episcopal Diocese of Texas acknowledges that its first bishop in 1859 was a slaveholder. The Salt Lake Tribune, "More U.S. churches commit to racism-linked reparations," 14 Dec. 2020 South to Freedom shows that U.S. officials proved far less willing to overcome slaveholder pressure than Mexican authorities were. Eric Herschthal, The New Republic, "The Elusive Promise of the Underground Railroad," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of slaveholder

1776, in the meaning defined above

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“Slaveholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of slaveholder

US : a person who owns slaves


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

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: an owner of slaves

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