[ pleys-hohl-der ]
/ ˈpleɪsˌhoʊl dər /


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.

Origin of placeholder

First recorded in 1550–60; place + holder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for place-holder

  • 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