share·​hold·​er ˈsher-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce shareholder (audio)
: one that holds or owns a share in property
especially : stockholder
shareholding noun

Examples of shareholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At a shareholder meeting Wednesday, Disney won a proxy battle against a group of activist investors who sought to secure seats on the company’s board of directors. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 In the preliminary tally of votes at the April 3 Disney shareholder meeting, Peltz received 31% of shares voted in his favor while Maria Elena Lagomasino, one of the incumbent Disney directors Trian urged investors to kick off the board (along with board member Michael Froman), received 63%. Todd Spangler, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 Nonprofit administrators like Brown say that local organizations with decades of experience in their communities are better equipped to manage the program that insurance companies that answer to shareholders. Binghui Huang, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Apr. 2024 The shareholder meeting is scheduled for today, and more than half the votes have reportedly already been cast. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 3 Apr. 2024 Disney boardroom showdown Disney’s biggest shareholder fight in 20 years will shape the company’s future. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Disney shareholders on Wednesday rejected board nominees allied with activist investor Nelson Peltz, ending a combative, months-long proxy battle centered on the company’s navigation of the topsy-turvy onset of the streaming era. Max Zahn, ABC News, 3 Apr. 2024 Deliveries are the closest approximation of sales reported by Tesla but are not precisely defined in the company’s shareholder communications. Lora Kolodny, NBC News, 2 Apr. 2024 The disclosures came just days before Disney’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, the deadline for investors to cast their votes. Bruce Gil, Quartz, 1 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1755, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shareholder was in 1755

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“Shareholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


share·​hold·​er -ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce shareholder (audio)
: one that owns or holds a share in property
especially : stockholder

Legal Definition


: one that owns a share in a fund (as a mutual fund) or property
shareholding adjective or noun

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