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holder

[hohl-der] /ˈhoʊl dər/
noun
1.
something that holds or secures:
a pencil holder.
2.
a person who has the ownership, possession, or use of something; owner; tenant.
3.
Law. a person who has the legal right to enforce a negotiable instrument.
Origin of holder
1300-1350
First recorded in 1300-50, holder is from the Middle English word haldere. See hold1, -er1
Related forms
holdership, noun
preholder, noun
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  • I did not know what to make of my life because the holder of the Heavens had not revealed himself to me.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I had the power of a Shaman, though the holder of the Heavens had not yet spoken to me.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • That is how it is when the holder of the Heavens shows Himself to his children.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Many a holder of a second mortgage has been left to hold the sack.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Yes, miss, I did see 'un along with a holder gentleman unbeknownst to me.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
British Dictionary definitions for holder

holder

/ˈhəʊldə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that holds
2.
  1. a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something
  2. (in combination): householder
3.
(law) a person who has possession of a bill of exchange, cheque, or promissory note that he is legally entitled to enforce
Derived Forms
holdership, noun
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Word Origin and History for holder
n.

c.1400, "tenant, occupier," agent noun from hold (v.). Meaning "device for holding something" is attested from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for holder

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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