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; partial translation of Dutch stadhouder, equivalent to stad place + houder holder; translation of Medieval Latin locum tenēns
Related formsstad·hold·er·ate, stad·hold·er·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived Formsstadholderate or stadholdership or stadtholderate or stadtholdership, noun

Word Origin for stadholder

C16: partial translation of Dutch stad houder, from stad city (see stead) + houder holder
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