stadt·​hold·​er ˈstat-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stadtholder (audio)
: a viceroy in a province of the Netherlands
: a chief executive officer of the provinces that formed a union leading to establishment of the Netherlands
stadtholderate noun
stadtholdership noun

Examples of stadtholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Both eventually appointed William as stadtholder—steward or governor—making him, in effect, the leader of the republic. Allan Massie, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1668, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stadtholder was in 1668

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“Stadtholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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