stadholder

[ stad-hohl-der ]
/ ˈstædˌhoʊl dər /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. stacy,
  2. staddle,
  3. staddlestone,
  4. stade,
  5. stader splint,
  6. stadia,
  7. stadia rod,
  8. stadial,
  9. stadimeter,
  10. stadiometer


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

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British Dictionary definitions for stadholder

stadholder

stadtholder

/ (ˈstædˌhəʊldə) /

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
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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