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[shair-hohl-der] /ˈʃɛərˌhoʊl dər/
a holder or owner of shares, especially in a company or corporation.
Also called shareowner
[shair-oh-ner] /ˈʃɛərˌoʊ nər/ (Show IPA)
Origin of shareholder
First recorded in 1785-95; share1 + holder
Related forms
shareholding, noun
nonshareholder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But say, shareholder or not, I've got to plug the market for somethin' that'll pass with the landlady.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • He sits in a chair of state, and discourses to a shareholder.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Shakespeare is believed to have written two plays a year while he was a shareholder.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • He died 1598, and was at one time connected with the Theatre as shareholder.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • Then, seeing a shareholder close to the door get up, thought: 'Who's that?

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for shareholder


the owner of one or more shares in a company
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shareholder

c.1830, from share (n.1) in the financial sense + agent noun from hold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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