- the governor or viceroy of a province of the Netherlands
- the chief magistrate of the 16th-17th cent. Netherlands republic
Origin of stadholder; from 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 sta- in Indo-European roots + Dutch houder, holder (from houden, to hold; akin to Old English healdan).