stadt·​hold·​er | \ ˈstat-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stadtholder (audio) \

Definition of stadtholder

1 : a viceroy in a province of the Netherlands
2 : a chief executive officer of the provinces that formed a union leading to establishment of the Netherlands

Other Words from stadtholder

stadtholderate \ ˈstat-​ˌhōl-​də-​rət How to pronounce stadtholderate (audio) \ noun
stadtholdership \ ˈstat-​ˌhōl-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce stadtholdership (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of stadtholder

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stadtholder

partial translation of Dutch stadhouder, from stad place + houder holder

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