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[steyk-hohl-der] /ˈsteɪkˌhoʊl dər/
the holder of the stakes of a wager.
a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
Law. a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.
Origin of stakeholder
1700-10; stake2 + holder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In my official capacity as stakeholder I saw every shot that was played that afternoon.

    Fore! Charles Emmett Van Loan
  • The constable, with official dignity, undertook the responsibility of stakeholder.

    Colonial Born G. Firth Scott
  • I agreed to let the Princess be the stakeholder—she may hold your word, and my money-belt.

    The Ghost Breaker Charles Goddard
  • We've got to have a stakeholder; put the money in Blake's hands—does that go?

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • "I never feel so cheerful as when I'm my own stakeholder," he stated frankly.

    Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford George Randolph Chester
  • He demanded that Wingie, who was stakeholder, share the spoils with him.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist Alexander Berkman
  • I had left her in Retief's care as stakeholder, until the match should be shot off.

    Marie H. Rider Haggard
  • "Certainly," answered Jackson as he handed the money over to Langdon as stakeholder.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
British Dictionary definitions for stakeholder


a person or group owning a significant percentage of a company's shares
a person or group not owning shares in an enterprise but affected by or having an interest in its operations, such as the employees, customers, local community, etc
of or relating to policies intended to allow people to participate in and benefit from decisions made by enterprises in which they have a stake: a stakeholder economy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stakeholder

1708, from stake (n.2) + agent noun from hold (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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