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

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Other Words from stadtholder

stadtholderate \ ˈstat-​ˌhōl-​də-​rət How to pronounce stadtholder (audio) \ noun
stadtholdership \ ˈstat-​ˌhōl-​dər-​ˌship How to pronounce stadtholder (audio) \ 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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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Stadtholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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