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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)
Origin of shareholder
1785-95; share1 + holder
Related forms
shareholding, noun
nonshareholder, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The director of a company comes to regard himself as part of a machine; and so does the shareholder.

  • He died 1598, and was at one time connected with the Theatre as shareholder.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
  • It is not fair to again tax the shareholder on the same profits.

  • He was a shareholder in the company, and in twenty industries depending on it.

    The Pools of Silence H. de Vere Stacpoole
  • He thought well of Schwab, Brunner, and the Graffs; that firm was promoting railways, he became a shareholder in the lines.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for shareholder


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 shareholder

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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