[ hohl-der ]
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  1. something that holds or secures: a pencil holder.

  2. a person who has the ownership, possession, or use of something; owner; tenant.

  1. 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

Other words from holder

  • hold·er·ship, noun
  • pre·hold·er, noun

Words Nearby holder

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How to use holder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for holder


/ (ˈhəʊldə) /

  1. a person or thing that holds

    • a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something

    • (in combination): householder

  1. 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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