the chief magistrate of the former republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
(formerly, in the Netherlands) the viceroy or governor of a province.
Origin of stadholder
1585–95;Related formsstad·hold·er·ate, stad·hold·er·ship, noun
partial translation of Dutch stadhouder,
equivalent to stad
place + houder holder
; translation of Medieval Latin locum tenēns
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Examples from the Web for stadholder
Historical Examples of stadholder
Plainly there was no room in the Commonwealth for the Advocate and the Stadholder.
But the Stadholder refused to let him go, fearing his influence in other places.
She besought an interview of the Stadholder, but it was refused.
I should like to tear the Stadholder to pieces with my own hands!
That the stadholder was completely in their power was certain.
British Dictionary definitions for stadholder
Derived Formsstadholderate or stadholdership or stadtholderate or stadtholdership, noun
the chief magistrate of the former Dutch republic or of any of its provinces (from about 1580 to 1802)
a viceroy or governor of a province
Word Origin for stadholder
C16: partial translation of Dutch stad houder, from stad city (see stead) + houder holder
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