a company that controls other companies through stock ownership but that usually does not engage directly in their productive operations (distinguished from parent company).
Words nearby holding company
Origin of holding company
First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for holding company
a company with controlling shareholdings in one or more other companies
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Culture definitions for holding company
A company that controls other companies.
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