One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British historical A person who holds 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.’
- ‘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.’
2A clasp or stand for holding sheets of text while it is keyed or typed.
- ‘The new sturdy plastic, multi-use computer copyholder is also a portable clipboard.’
- ‘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.’
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