Also called stockowner. a holder or owner of stock in a corporation.
Australian. an owner of livestock, as a rancher.

Origin of stockholder

First recorded in 1745–55; stock + holder Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for stockholders

lender, shareholder, banker, stockholder, backer, capitalist

Examples from the Web for stockholders

Contemporary Examples of stockholders

Historical Examples of stockholders

  • If you yourself were responsible to several hundred stockholders, what would you do?

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • Stockholders are complaining; directors are bewildered; bankers are frightened.

    The Railroad Question

    William Larrabee

  • Good of the business, rights of stockholders, all that sort of stuff; he rang the changes.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The rivalry was beneficial to the public if not to the stockholders.

    Annals of Music in America

    Henry Charles Lahee

  • He had stockholders' money, and he plunged, it said, just before the panic.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for stockholders



an owner of corporate capital stock
Australian a person who keeps livestock
Derived Formsstockholding, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for stockholders



1753, from stock (n.2) + agent noun from hold.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stockholders in Culture


The persons or corporations holding stock in a corporation.

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