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[stok-hohl-der] /ˈstɒkˌhoʊl dər/
Also called stockowner. a holder or owner of stock in a corporation.
Australian. an owner of livestock, as a rancher.
Origin of stockholder
First recorded in 1745-55; stock + holder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • If you yourself were responsible to several hundred stockholders, what would you do?

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • stockholders are complaining; directors are bewildered; bankers are frightened.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • Good of the business, rights of stockholders, all that sort of stuff; he rang the changes.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The rivalry was beneficial to the public if not to the stockholders.

    Annals of Music in America Henry Charles Lahee
  • He had stockholders' money, and he plunged, it said, just before the panic.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • As to the stockholders, they're simply wild with impatience to see the big stones.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow
British Dictionary definitions for stockholders


an owner of corporate capital stock
(Austral) a person who keeps livestock
Derived Forms
stockholding, noun
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Word Origin and History for stockholders



1753, from stock (n.2) + agent noun from hold.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stockholders in Culture

stockholders definition

The persons or corporations holding stock in a corporation.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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