stock·​hold·​er ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stockholder (audio)
: an owner of corporate stock

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The firm reiterated on Tuesday that the reorganization does not provide for any relief or recovery for stockholders. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2023 Under bankruptcy rules, if bondholders aren’t made whole, stockholders are wiped out, notes Interactive Brokers chief strategist Steve Sosnick. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Brookfield Reinsurance, also based in Bermuda, said Argo stockholders stand to receive $30 for each share when the deal is completed. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Feb. 2023 But the lawsuit filed on behalf of Adidas stockholders alleges that the company had for years been aware of the potential harm Ye could cause them. Bryan Pietsch, Washington Post, 1 May 2023 It’s been a bad couple of days for Tesla, but there’s no reason for the company or its stockholders to panic yet. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2023 Effective investor relations messages can attract stockholders. Assaf Baciu, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 In Capuano’s case, Capuano’s compensation is down 27 percent for 2022, or nearly three times the hit to stockholders. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 18 Apr. 2023 Under its guiding business judgment rule, the court tends not to second-guess business decisions that company leaders determine to be in the best interest of the stockholders. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1753, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stockholder was in 1753

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“Stockholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


stock·​hold·​er ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stockholder (audio)
: an owner of stocks

Legal Definition


: an owner of corporate stock compare bondholder
stockholding noun or adjective

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