a holder in which a penpoint is placed.
a rack for a pen or pens.

Origin of penholder

First recorded in 1805–15; pen1 + holder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for penholder

Historical Examples of penholder

  • Mr. Morgan caressed his heavy moustache with the end of his penholder.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • Foyle tapped lightly on his desk with the end of a penholder.

    The Grell Mystery

    Frank Froest

  • He bit the end of his penholder instead, and bridled his tongue and temper.

    Waring's Peril

    Charles King

  • So Gladys took Marjorie's penholder, and Mopsy had the nibbled one.

  • The hours whizzed past, and my penholder was nibbled half away.

    Parkhurst Boys

    Talbot Baines Reed

Word Origin and History for penholder

1815, from pen (n.1) + holder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper