[ kahrd-hohl-der ]
/ ˈkɑrdˌhoʊl dər /


a registered member of an organization, especially of a union or a political party, who has been issued a card in evidence of membership.
a person who has a borrower's card from a library.
a person to whom a credit card or bank card is issued.
(on a typewriter) either of a pair of devices able to be raised to hold stiff objects, as envelopes or cards, in place for typing.

Origin of cardholder

First recorded in 1650–60; card1 + holder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cardholder

  • Credit card companies have also used predictive modeling to answer questions such as, has this cardholder recently moved?

    How Visa Predicts Divorce|Nicholas Ciarelli|April 6, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • A picture can be so fastened to the panel as to form a good letter or cardholder.

    Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
  • This stand contains a cardholder and a chrome strip which is used as the inking plate.

    The Science of Fingerprints|Federal Bureau of Investigation

British Dictionary definitions for cardholder


/ (ˈkɑːdˌhəʊldə) /


a person who owns a credit or debit card
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012