stock·​hold·​er | \ ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stockholder (audio) \

Definition of stockholder

: an owner of corporate stock

Examples of stockholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This stock repurchase program followed the termination of a stockholder rights agreement which was approved by the board in May 2013. Trefis Team, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 So when corporate tax rates are raised, it’s workers and their pensions, retirement accounts and insurance investments, which own 72% of America’s stockholder equity, who pay most of those taxes. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, 14 Oct. 2021 And then, there are the issues of sales targets, profit and loss statements, stockholder interests and a shifting marketplace to contend with successfully. Joe Didonato, Forbes, 7 Oct. 2021 The company has more than $60 billion in debt, borrowed to fund purchases of its own stock to buoy its price and to pay out stockholder dividends. New York Times, 23 June 2021 The two have also examined how the gradual shift from stockholder to stakeholder capitalism should lead individual businesses to rethink their reasons for being beyond economic value creation. Star Tribune, 11 July 2021 After the buyout, the Mills family will remain the single largest stockholder in the company and the same management team will remain, according to the WSJ. Palash Ghosh, Forbes, 5 June 2021 More than $200 million left the checkbook in the form of stockholder dividends and a smaller amount went for stock repurchases. Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 As part of its effort, PayPal lowered the cost of health care benefits for employees, made every employee a stockholder, raised wages and offered new financial learning and counseling programs. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2021

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First Known Use of stockholder

1753, in the meaning defined above

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“Stockholder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of stockholder

: someone who owns stock in a company : shareholder


stock·​hold·​er | \ ˈstäk-ˌhōl-dər How to pronounce stockholder (audio) \

Kids Definition of stockholder

: an owner of stock



Legal Definition of stockholder

: an owner of corporate stock — compare bondholder

Other Words from stockholder

stockholding noun or adjective

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