from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that holds, as:
- n. One that possesses something; an owner: the holder of extensive farmland; the holder of oil fields.
- n. One, especially a tenant, that occupies or controls something: The current holder of the apartment.
- n. Law One that legally possesses and is entitled to the payment of a check, bill, or promissory note.
- n. A device for holding: a towel holder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A thing that holds.
- n. A person who temporarily or permanently possesses something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is employed in the hold of a vessel.
- n. One who, or that which, holds.
- n. One who holds land, etc., under another; a tenant.
- n. The payee of a bill of exchange or a promissory note, or the one who owns or holds it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which holds, in any sense of that word.
- n. Nautical, one who is employed in the hold.
- n. plural The fangs of a dog.
- n. plural Sheaves placed as ridges on corn-stacks to hold the corn down before the thatching takes place.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the person who is in possession of a check or note or bond or document of title that is endorsed to him or to whoever holds it
- n. a person who holds something
- n. a holding device
to hold + -er (Wiktionary)