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1. One, especially a champion, who holds a title.
2. One that holds legal title to something, such as a motor vehicle.
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(General Sporting Terms) a person who holds a title, esp a sporting championship
ˈtitleˌholding adj
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(ˈtaɪt lˌhoʊl dər)

1. a person who holds a title.
2. a person who holds a championship.
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