- the governor or viceroy of a province of the Netherlands
- the chief magistrate of the 16th-17th cent. Netherlands republic
Origin of stadholderfrom Dutch stadhouder from stad, a place (akin to stead) + houder, holder from houden, to hold
- A governor or viceroy formerly stationed in a province of the Netherlands.
- The chief magistrate of the former Netherlands republic.
Origin of stadholderPartial translation of Dutch stadhouder Dutch stad place ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.Dutch houder holder ( from houden to hold ) (Old English healdan )