from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An assistant who reads manuscript aloud to a proofreader.
  • n. A device that holds copy in place, especially for a typesetter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who rented land under the copyhold system.
  • n. A device that holds copy in place for typesetting.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One possessed of land in copyhold.
  • n.
  • n. A device for holding copy for a compositor.
  • n. One who reads copy to a proof reader.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who is possessed of land in copyhold.
  • n. In printing, a proof-reader's assistant, who reads the copy aloud or follows it while the proof is read, for the detection of deviations from it in the proof.
  • n. A device for holding copy in its place, as on a printer's frame or on a type-writer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. mechanical device used in printing; holds the copy for the compositor


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  • Every petty farmer and tenant and copyholder and peasant below him depends on my favor.

    The White Queen

  • No doubt many of the sub-tenants, even where they held originally by base and uncertain services and at the will of their superior, came in time, like the English copyholder, to have a generally-recognized right to the permanent possession of their holdings, while custom tended to fix the character and quantity of their services.

    Lippincott's Magazine, August, 1885

  • Copyholders being thus considered as slaves, were, notwithstanding their possessions, deemed unworthy of the franchise; and from this refinement, on the arbitrary principles of the Normans, every copyholder was deprived of a vote, unless he could claim it by some other tenure.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 20, No. 569, October 6, 1832

  • The Canadian censitaire had a written title-deed which stated explicitly the dues and services he was bound to give his seigneur; the copyholder had nothing of the kind.

    The Seigneurs of Old Canada : A Chronicle of New World Feudalism

  • Now the English copyholder held his land subject to the customs of the manor; his dues and services were fixed by local custom both as regards their nature and amount.

    The Seigneurs of Old Canada : A Chronicle of New World Feudalism

  • He drove a delivery wagon for a grocer, ushered at a theater, was even a copyholder in the proofroom of a newspaper.

    The Vision Splendid

  • Parliament, and a possessor of rights on the common both as a freeholder and a copyholder, was induced to take action in his own name and as a representative of other claimants of common rights.

    An Introduction to the Industrial and Social History of England

  • On the opposite side of the room was a large, massively-constructed copying camera, the front of which, carrying the lens, was fixed, and an easel or copyholder travelled on parallel guides towards, or away, from it, on a long stand.

    The Red Thumb Mark

  • He must, I think, himself have been a copyholder in his day, so feelingly does he deal with the detriments of a champion-holding.

    In a Green Shade A Country Commentary

  • The last was practically the counterpart of the mediæval English copyholder.

    German Culture Past and Present


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