Stadholder meaning

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A governor or viceroy formerly stationed in a province of the Netherlands.
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The chief magistrate of the former Netherlands republic.
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The governor or viceroy of a province of the Netherlands.
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The chief magistrate of the 16th-17th cent. Netherlands republic.
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Origin of stadholder

  • Partial translation of Dutch stadhouder Dutch stad place stā- in Indo-European roots Dutch houder holder (from houden to hold) (Old English healdan)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition