1 a person or thing that holds
a a person, such as an owner, who has possession or control of something
b (in combination)
3 (Law) a person who has possession of a bill of exchange, cheque, or promissory note that he is legally entitled to enforce
n a mouthpiece of wood, ivory, etc., used for holding a cigarette while it is smoked
n a person who owns or occupies land
land-holding adj, n
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