noun Etymology: part translation of Dutch stadhouder, from stad place + houder holder Date: 1668 1. a viceroy in a province of the Netherlands 2. a chief executive officer of the provinces that formed a union leading to establishment of the Netherlands • stadtholderate nounstadtholdership noun

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  • Stadtholder — Stadt hold er (st[a^]t h[=o]ld [ e]r), n. [D. stadhouder; stad a city, a town + houder a holder.] Formerly, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of Holland; also, the governor or lieutenant governor of a province. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stadtholder — A Stadtholder (Dutch: stadhouder , steward or literally place keeper or stead holder in older Dutch) in the Low Countries was a medieval function which during the 18th century developed into a rare type of de facto hereditary head of state of the …   Wikipedia

  • Stadtholder —    The function of vice regent in the provinces of the Netherlands became somewhat of an anomaly after the abjuration of King Philip II of Spain in 1581. The stadtholder of Holland, William I of Orange, was one of the most important military lead …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • stadtholder — stadtholderate, stadtholdership, n. /stat hohl deuhr/, n. stadholder. * * * ▪ historical Dutch official also spelled  Stadholder,  Dutch  Stadhouder,         provincial executive officer in the Low Countries, or Netherlands, from the 15th through …   Universalium

  • stadtholder — n. (also stadholder) hist. 1 the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. 2 the viceroy or governor of a province or town in the Netherlands. Derivatives: stadtholdership n. Etymology: Du. stadhouder deputy f. stad STEAD +… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stadtholder — noun a) The chief magistrate, then later, hereditary chief of state of the Dutch Republic (mod. Dutch stadhouder). b) An office formerly held by Danish and Swedish officials best translated as Governor general …   Wiktionary

  • STADTHOLDER —    an anglicised form of the Dutch stadhouder (i. e. stead holder), a title conferred on the governors of provinces in the Low Countries, but chiefly associated with the rulers of Holland, Zealand, and Utrecht; in 1544 the title was held by… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • stadtholder — [ stadˌhəʊldə, stat ] (also stadholder) noun historical the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. Derivatives stadtholdership noun Origin C16: from Du. stadhouder deputy , from stad place + houder holder …   English new terms dictionary

  • stadtholder — stadt·hold·er …   English syllables

  • stadtholder — /ˈstædhoʊldə/ (say stadhohlduh) noun 1. the chief magistrate of the former republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands. 2. History (in the Netherlands) the viceroy or governor of a province. Also, stadholder. {Dutch stadhouder, from stad… …   Australian English dictionary

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