A holdover is something that has stuck around for a long time. A law that forbids women from wearing patent leather shoes in public is a holdover from a very different era.

The noun holdover comes up often in politics. A member of a former president's cabinet who keeps her job even after a new president is elected may be referred to as a holdover from the previous administration. A gym teacher's habit of barking out instructions to his elementary school students might be a holdover from his army days.

Definitions of holdover

n something that has survived from the past

“a holdover from the sixties”
Type of:
something that survives

n an official who remains in office after his term

Type of:
functionary, official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office

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