1. One that holds, as:
a. An owner: the holder of the copyright.
b. A possessor or occupier: the holder of an Olympic record; the holder of a cabinet post.
c. A party entitled to payment on a note or instrument: the mortgage holder; the holder of the bond.
2. A device for holding something: a towel holder.
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