a holder or owner of shares, especially in a company or corporation.

Origin of shareholder

First recorded in 1785–95; share1 + holder
Also called share·own·er [shair-oh-ner] /ˈʃɛərˌoʊ nər/.
Related formsshare·hold·ing, nounnon·share·hold·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for shareholder

investor, bondholder

Examples from the Web for shareholder

Contemporary Examples of shareholder

Historical Examples of shareholder

  • But say, shareholder or not, I've got to plug the market for somethin' that'll pass with the landlady.


    Sewell Ford

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

  • 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
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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.).

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