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holding company

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noun Finance.
  1. a company that controls other companies through stock ownership but that usually does not engage directly in their productive operations (distinguished from parent company).
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Origin of holding company

First recorded in 1905–10
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Related Words for holding company

monopoly, corporation, conglomerate, gang, syndicate, mob, ring, consortium, crowd, chain, outfit, crew, combine, trust, pool, bunch, multinational

British Dictionary definitions for holding company

holding company

noun
  1. a company with controlling shareholdings in one or more other companies
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holding company in Culture

holding company

A company that controls other companies.

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