[ hohl-der ]
/ ˈhoʊl dər /


something that holds or secures: a pencil holder.
a person who has the ownership, possession, or use of something; owner; tenant.
Law. a person who has the legal right to enforce a negotiable instrument.

Origin of holder

First recorded in 1300–50, holder is from the Middle English word haldere. See hold1, -er1


hold·er·ship, nounpre·hold·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for holder

/ (ˈhəʊldə) /


a person or thing that holds
  1. a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something
  2. (in combination)householder
law a person who has possession of a bill of exchange, cheque, or promissory note that he is legally entitled to enforce

Derived forms of holder

holdership, noun
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