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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
1785-95; share1 + holder
Related forms
shareholding, noun
nonshareholder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for shareholding
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  • Of the shareholding members of the company of players, the one who had arranged this performance was Augustine Phillips.

    A Gentleman Player Robert Neilson Stephens
  • How can we account for the occurrence of regular 'shareholding' among the freeholders?

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
  • It made no mention of my refusal to buy a certain mill for the combine at an excessive cost to the shareholding public.

    Success (Second Edition) Max Aitken Beaverbrook
  • The shareholding body is altogether too chaotic and diffused for positive defence.

    Anticipations Herbert George Wells
  • shareholding in the war syndicates and membership in the naval league go together.

  • The traits which mark these last are 'shareholding' and light rents.

    Villainage in England Paul Vinogradoff
British Dictionary definitions for shareholding


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 shareholding



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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