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

Examples from the Web for shareholding

Historical Examples of shareholding

  • How can we account for the occurrence of regular 'shareholding' among the freeholders?

    Villainage in England

    Paul Vinogradoff

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

    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

  • 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

  • Shareholding in the war syndicates and membership in the naval league go together.

British Dictionary definitions for shareholding



the owner of one or more shares in a company
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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.).

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