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  1. the chief magistrate of the former republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
  2. (formerly, in the Netherlands) the viceroy or governor of a province.
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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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  1. the chief magistrate of the former Dutch republic or of any of its provinces (from about 1580 to 1802)
  2. a viceroy or governor of a province
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Derived Formsstadholderate or stadholdership or stadtholderate or stadtholdership, noun

Word Origin

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