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[shair-hohl-der] /ˈʃɛərˌhoʊl dər/
a holder or owner of shares, especially in a company or corporation.
Also called shareowner
[shair-oh-ner] /ˈʃɛərˌoʊ nər/ (Show IPA)
1785-95; share1 + holder
Related forms
shareholding, noun
nonshareholder, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for shareholders
  • Its stockholders are its shareholders, and hold shares instead of stock in it.
  • And those weren't publicly traded companies trying to placate shareholders, which might be an even tougher sell.
  • If you cap dividends, shareholders will be forced to reinvest the surplus capital in the same company.
  • He considers the shareholders could earn more by delocalising and paying lower wages.
  • No one is complaining and power companies still make a lot of profit for their shareholders.
  • shareholders receive annual dividend checks based on how much electricity their turbine has generated.
  • Under a settlement agreement, almost everything he owned had been turned over to a fund to compensate former shareholders.
  • The strikers received an amnesty and the state agreed to allow the shareholders to run the co-op.
  • Meanwhile, customers and shareholders will pay for the lawyers.
  • Capitalism has been totally corrupted by the economists' mantra that companies are run only for shareholders.
British Dictionary definitions for shareholders


the owner of one or more shares in a company
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shareholders



c.1830, from share (n.1) in the financial sense + agent noun from hold (v.).

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