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
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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