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  1. 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.

  2. Mathematics, Logic. a symbol in an expression that may be replaced by the name of any element of the set.

  1. 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

Words Nearby placeholder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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