Definitions

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

Etymologies

to hold + -er (Wiktionary)

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