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

Definition of stockholder

: an owner of corporate stock

Keep scrolling for more

Examples of stockholder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Will the government find a new tax to punish stockholders? Washington Post, "When it comes to annuities, there are pros, cons and certain levels of risk," 6 July 2019 The whole idea was to take Chrysler private, or at least only quasi-public, so it could be run more efficiently with a core group of stockholders controlling it, much as the Ford family controls Ford Motor Co., Iacocca explained later. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 The vote on the nonbinding resolution could give Amazon leaders a view of where stockholders stand on the issue. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.," 18 May 2019 After the stock split and paying a regular quarterly dividend, the company also will pay a $1 special cash dividend to stockholders of record on April 2. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Brown-Forman is using tax cut money to create a massive foundation and pay shareholders," 24 Jan. 2018 The San Diego wireless giant’s hour-long annual shareholder meeting was attended by about 400 stockholders. Mike Freeman,, "Qualcomm's board re-elected; now must deliver on promises to shareholders," 23 Mar. 2018 The rest of the corporate sector struggles to convince stockholders to believe that their projects will work out (with plenty of exceptions where the CEO has the trust of investors). James Mackintosh, WSJ, "A Davos Debate: What Is Finance for?," 24 Jan. 2019 Including stockholder dividends, Duke Energy's return should be more like a steady 8-10 percent a year, the company is telling investors. Fox News, "Utilities pivot from power plants to grid work for profits," 24 Aug. 2018 The concern is that companies, especially in prioritizing buybacks, are rewarding stockholders instead of investing in their workers, research and development, new facilities, or other more productive arenas. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Stock buybacks, explained," 2 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stockholder.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of stockholder

1753, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about stockholder

Statistics for stockholder

Last Updated

18 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for stockholder

The first known use of stockholder was in 1753

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for stockholder



English Language Learners Definition of stockholder

US : someone who owns stock in a company


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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on stockholder

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with stockholder

Spanish Central: Translation of stockholder

Nglish: Translation of stockholder for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about stockholder

Comments on stockholder

What made you want to look up stockholder? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having no luck

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!