the holder of the stakes of a wager.
a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
Law. a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.

Origin of stakeholder

First recorded in 1700–10; stake2 + holder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stakeholder

Contemporary Examples of stakeholder

Historical Examples of stakeholder

  • The Captain covered the money, and the £40 was lodged with the stakeholder.

  • I agreed to let the Princess be the stakeholder—she may hold your word, and my money-belt.

    The Ghost Breaker

    Charles Goddard

  • The constable, with official dignity, undertook the responsibility of stakeholder.

    Colonial Born

    G. Firth Scott

  • We've got to have a stakeholder; put the money in Blake's hands—does that go?

    Bulldog Carney

    W. A. Fraser

  • He demanded that Wingie, who was stakeholder, share the spoils with him.

British Dictionary definitions for stakeholder



a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
a person or group not owning shares in an enterprise but affected by or having an interest in its operations, such as the employees, customers, local community, etc


of or relating to policies intended to allow people to participate in and benefit from decisions made by enterprises in which they have a stakea stakeholder economy
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Word Origin and History for stakeholder

1708, from stake (n.2) + agent noun from hold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper