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stadholder

[stad-hohl-der] /ˈstædˌhoʊl dər/
noun
1.
the chief magistrate of the former republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
2.
(formerly, in the Netherlands) the viceroy or governor of a province.
Also, stadtholder.
Origin of stadholder
1585-1595
1585-95; partial translation of Dutch stadhouder, equivalent to stad place + houder holder; translation of Medieval Latin locum tenēns
Related forms
stadholderate, stadholdership, noun
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stadholder

/ˈstædˌhəʊldə/
noun
1.
the chief magistrate of the former Dutch republic or of any of its provinces (from about 1580 to 1802)
2.
a viceroy or governor of a province
Derived Forms
stadholderate, stadholdership, stadtholderate, stadtholdership, noun
Word Origin
C16: partial translation of Dutch stad houder, from stad city (see stead) + houder holder
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