Definition of placeholder noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpleɪshəʊldə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪshoʊldər//
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  1. 1(specialist) a symbol or piece of text which replaces something that is missing
  2. 2(linguistics) an item which is necessary in a sentence, but does not have real meaning, for example the word ‘it’ in ‘It’s a pity she left.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: placeholder