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