Definition of holder in English:



  • 1A device or implement for holding something.

    ‘the cord retracts easily into its holder’
    • ‘Some of these mobile phone holders are meant to double as mug holders that can easily hold a cup of hot coffee without allowing the contents to spill out and make a mess on the floorboards.’
    • ‘There are plenty more stowage points dotted around the car, including glove box, front door pockets, cup and bottle holders, and a special slide out shelf beneath the front seats.’
    • ‘There are also holders for spectacles, cups and bottles.’
    • ‘William slides his water bottle into the cup holder and shut his door, finally putting the key in the ignition.’
    • ‘Each of the two new cinemas contain wonderful stadium seating with soft upholstery and armrest cup holders.’
    • ‘It was famed gossip columnist, wearing a bright red evening gown, smoking a cigarette in a holder and sitting behind a long metal table.’
    • ‘They also have birdhouses, pencil holders and wine bottle holders.’
    • ‘Her habit of smoking cigarettes through a long holder - sometimes as many as 60 a day - became her trademark.’
    • ‘Waist packs with water bottle holders are good alternatives.’
    • ‘In my house there's a compost bin, a box for tins and bottles, a plastic container, a holder for plastic bags, and an old newspaper corner.’
    • ‘The cover featured a cartoonish drawing of a man in a Hawaiian shirt with a long cigarette holder and a suitcase, looking very guilty about something.’
    • ‘Car manufacturers boast of the number of cup holders their models contain.’
    • ‘The files fell open and knocked my pen holder to the ground.’
    • ‘She asked, pointing her cigarette holder to a billboard.’
    • ‘They settled down into their seats, setting the slushy drinks into the cup holders, and the popcorn on the armrest between them.’
    • ‘The women had a silk scarf wrapped around her head, and smoked a cigarette out of a cigarette holder.’
    • ‘On top of this there are plenty of storage trays in the dashboard, centre console and doors as well as a sunglasses case, cup holders and bottle holders.’
    • ‘After they sat down, Pheobe put the drink into the cup holder that was on the back of the seats in front of them.’
    • ‘Then there are the popular clay water pots, coffee mugs, magazine holders, clock stands, letter boxes and flower vases.’
    • ‘It looks splendid and magical, and is downright inspiring with its real grass, cup holders on the seats and a scoreboard big enough for Times Square.’
    container, receptacle, case, casing, cover, covering, housing, sheath
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  • 2A person who holds something.

    ‘US passport holders’
    ‘holders of two American hostages’
    • ‘My brother and I are both joint passport holders and the three of us registered to vote for the first time especially for this election.’
    • ‘The bank has offered a further reduction of 0.25 per cent for Standard Chartered credit card holders and account holders with the bank.’
    • ‘Indian passport holders applying for visas outside India should obtain a statement from their local embassy or consulate confirming that they had no criminal record.’
    • ‘In December the EU decided that all passport holders, visitors and foreign resident nationals should be fingerprinted.’
    • ‘For holders of share certificates a fee of £10 plus 1.65 per cent commission per deal will apply.’
    • ‘After losing an passport, the passport holder need to go the nearest police station to claim the lose of passport’
    • ‘Many account holders are likely to be shopkeepers, businessmen, farmers or professionals who may have spent most of the hidden money on holidays or university fees.’
    • ‘For instance, someone born in Britain may be a citizen of that country by birthright, even though his or her parents were not holders of British passports.’
    • ‘Second, I do not think it is right to ignore the terms of the investment agreement which refer to the investments and cash being held for the account holders as beneficial joint tenants.’
    • ‘The UK government has drawn up contingency plans for evacuating more than 20,000 British passport holders if things get worse.’
    • ‘There are also discounts available for the thrifty to holders of American Express cards.’
    • ‘There was in addition, however, a major group of UK passport holders resident abroad who, as full UK citizens, were not covered by the Act.’
    • ‘The decision forced the council to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds to look after the British passport holders, who arrived in October.’
    • ‘Federal officials briefly interviewed the pardoned men - all holders of U.S. passports - and then let them go their way.’
    • ‘All other passport holders must hold a visa before travelling to Australia.’
    • ‘British passport holders don't require visas if staying less than 60 days.’
    • ‘When a refund cheque is presented to a bank, the bank will cross-check the name and identity details of the payee on the cheque against the bank's own record on the account holder.’
    • ‘Within 5 minutes, the girls joined a rather extensive line of fellow V.I.P pass holders.’
    • ‘Indeed, payment of dividends could begin as early as next year, with holders of preferred stock receiving the first dividend payments.’
    • ‘China is being asked to explain why it doubled the prices of tourist visas for UK and US passport holders, officials in Hong Kong confirmed yesterday.’
    bearer, owner, possessor, keeper, proprietor
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    1. 2.1The possessor of a trophy, championship, or record.
      ‘the record holder in the 100-meter dash’
      • ‘Reigate Heath are the current holders of the trophy, which they won last September.’
      • ‘They are the current holders of this prestigious trophy.’
      • ‘The cabinets are the proud holders of trophies showing sporting and other achievements down through the years.’
      • ‘Right now, Lara is the holder of eight world records.’
      • ‘To some, he is blessed by genius and is a worthy holder of the world record number of Test match wickets.’
      • ‘Badenhorst is three-times World Powerlifting champion and holder of the record for the World Mighty Man.’
      • ‘He is the current holder of the Irish record for the highest score of 4,273 points in a tetrathlon.’
      • ‘Whether Scotland's record cap holder remains at the helm through these challenges will become clearer during the week.’
      • ‘Gillian is now the holder of two world records having set a new record in the outdoor 5000m in Dublin last summer.’
      • ‘Yorkshire were relieved to get rid of this pair so quickly because last year they figured in a century stand together in Ireland's shock win against Trophy holders, Surrey.’
      • ‘‘It'll be a very hard record to break,’ said the holder of the European record of 6.46.’
      • ‘Who are the only two countries to be World Cup and European Championship holders simultaneously?’
      • ‘At 16 he is the youngest ever holder of a senior record in the club's 119-year history.’
      • ‘At the function, the annual awards will be presented, so all current holders of trophies are asked to return them to the club secretary before the end of April.’
      • ‘His sporting heroes are Paula Radcliffe and World Record 200 metres holder Michael Johnston.’
      • ‘England want to be the double World Cup holders.’
      • ‘World Cup holders and England's current opponents Australia are also under political pressure to pull out, but India and Pakistan have both indicated their intention to play.’
      • ‘It will be most unfortunate and could signal the end of Lara's career at a time when he is poised to become the holder of the record for the most runs by a batsman in Test cricket.’
      • ‘Word is out that the holders of the trophy, Bernie and Dympna, are out to make it back to back victories.’
      • ‘The only real concern for holders and All-Ireland champions Kerry will be to play up to form.’
  • 3British A smallholder.

    • ‘On Monday two main contenders for the land were soon identified - the current holder Willy and another farmer, David Charnley.’
    • ‘Yet the bourgeois property holders changed little in the way they farmed.’
    • ‘Magistrates were drawn from local property holders, and were almost without exception major planters.’