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[stok-hohl-der] /ˈstɒkˌhoʊl dər/
Also called stockowner. a holder or owner of stock in a corporation.
Australian. an owner of livestock, as a rancher.
Origin of stockholder
1745-55; stock + holder Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stockholders
  • Its stockholders are its shareholders, and hold shares instead of stock in it.
  • In contrast, managers hired by the owner-stockholders ran the corporation.
  • stockholders believed the prices would fall and rushed to sell.
  • But in his view, there's more to the venture than boosting his stockholders' profits.
  • Under current law they have no obligation to reveal tax returns, and stockholders have no right to obtain them.
  • But history shows that excellent returns are available to stockholders who survive such rough patches.
  • Their stockholders and employees went down with them.
  • Blockbuster mergers tend to be duds for stockholders of the acquiring company.
  • Private investors buy a company from its public stockholders.
  • It's a way for companies to reward stockholders' loyalty and to distribute profits.
British Dictionary definitions for stockholders


an owner of corporate capital stock
(Austral) a person who keeps livestock
Derived Forms
stockholding, noun
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Word Origin and History for stockholders



1753, from stock (n.2) + agent noun from hold.

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stockholders in Culture

stockholders definition

The persons or corporations holding stock in a corporation.

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