Definitions

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

  • n. A holder for a pen point.
  • n. A rack or cup for holding a pen or pens.

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  • n. A device to store a pen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A handle for a pen.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A holder for pens or pen-points. It consists of a handle or stock, with a device for retaining the pen, usually a socket of metal.

Etymologies

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pen +‎ holder

Examples

  • While Sipos was the first female player to use the penholder grip, she changed to the shakehand grip in 1932 and thereupon succeeded in defeating her former doubles partner Maria Mednyanszky.

    Anna Sipos.

  • The classic American films were met with a penholder carved from the sister ship of the vessel whose wood was used to make the desk in the Oval Office.

    CNN Transcript Mar 31, 2009

  • Hovstad [sitting at his desk, biting his penholder, says slowly].

    An Enemy of the People

  • Winston fitted a nib into the penholder and sucked it to get the grease off.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • I have a gob of flash drives laying around my office, crammed in desk drawers, filling up my penholder and generally getting in my way.

    OCZ opens the Throttle on flash drives - SlipperyBrick.com

  • This was not illegal, but if detected it was reasonably certain that it would be punished by death … Winston fitted a nib into the penholder and sucked it to get the grease off ...

    Jack Nicholson, Father Bob + Search for 2.0 Truth

  • Amusingly gruesome penholder, light pull, cupholde...

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • A Mickey Mouse penholder sits on his dark wood desk.

    Disney Rumors

  • A male figurine entitled “Iron Man” is positioned to be holding up the top part of the penholder & vase.

    Paper Bag Vase

  • The front sights—what you call, Clay, the ‘bead’—were cut from the bone penholder of Edward Rutledge, the Charleston, South Carolina, lawyer who was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence—and were from the identical pen that had signed that paper.

    Sherlock Holmes on acid

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