Definition of copyholder in English:



  • 1British historical A person who held land in copyhold.

    • ‘Tenants of farms and copyholders were evicted by business-minded landlords.’
    • ‘By the later 19th century historians writing of England from a European perspective often saw peasants as small freeholders, copyholders, and even farmers.’
    • ‘By the 13th century the pattern was beginning to unravel as more and more villeins obtained their freedom and became copyholders.’
    • ‘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.’