placeholder

[ pleys-hohl-der ]
/ ˈpleɪsˌhoʊl dər /

noun

something that marks or temporarily fills a place (often used attributively): I couldn’t find my bookmark, so I put a coaster in my book as a placeholder.We’re using placeholder art in this mock-up of the ad layout.
Mathematics, Logic. a symbol in an expression that may be replaced by the name of any element of the set.
a person who holds a government office, especially one appointed to the position in return for political support or favors.

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Origin of placeholder

First recorded in 1550–60; place + holder
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Example sentences from the Web for placeholder

  • His instructions were to break up a red-tape system, and such a task converted every place-holder into his enemy.

    The Life of Gordon, Volume II|Demetrius Charles Boulger