One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British historical A person who held land in copyhold.
- ‘By the 13th century the pattern was beginning to unravel as more and more villeins obtained their freedom and became copyholders.’
- ‘By the later 19th century historians writing of England from a European perspective often saw peasants as small freeholders, copyholders, and even farmers.’
- ‘Tenants of farms and copyholders were evicted by business-minded landlords.’
- ‘These are the documents (L&M Companion) which detailed the surrender of the use of the land to Robert Pepys as copyholder and the terms on which it was so surrendered.’
2A clasp or stand for holding sheets of text while it is keyed or typed.
- ‘Save space on your desk by securely suspending this copyholder from your partition or the edge of your desk.’
- ‘Also features an in-line copyholder so you can position documents for easy, comfortable viewing.’
- ‘The new sturdy plastic, multi-use computer copyholder is also a portable clipboard.’
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