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noun Finance.

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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British Dictionary definitions for holding company

holding company

noun

a company with controlling shareholdings in one or more other companies
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Cultural definitions for holding company

holding company

A company that controls other companies.

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