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stock company

Finance. a company or corporation whose capital is divided into shares represented by stock.
Theater. a company acting a repertoire of plays, more or less permanently together, usually at its own theater.
Origin of stock company
First recorded in 1820-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was not at first a stock company, in the modern sense of the word.

    Old Times on the Upper Mississippi George Byron Merrick
  • But no; the play, as O'Deigh left it, might have been for a stock company.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • During the early years of Will's career he had played with a summer stock company.

    My Actor-Husband Anonymous
  • In 1864 Capt. Knapp built the Viola, owned by a stock company.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • It is owned by a stock company, and is a profitable enterprise.

  • Before we went to Bristol and played with the stock company, she had made her name.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • With this a stock company was formed and the first boat built and rebuilt.

  • Then Hawkins climbed off his stool and told on 'em to the stock company.


    O. Henry
  • Only, he says, they will be a stock company, and he will have to have fifty-one per cent.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • Said HE was going to organize that stock company, and control it himself.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
British Dictionary definitions for stock company

stock company

(US) a business enterprise the capital of which is divided into transferable shares
a US term for repertory company
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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