Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A governor or viceroy formerly stationed in a province of the Netherlands.
  • noun The chief magistrate of the former Netherlands republic.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Formerly, in the Netherlands, the governor or lieutenant-governor of a province
  • noun the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Partial translation of Dutch stadhouder : Dutch stad, place; see stā- in Indo-European roots + Dutch houder, holder (from houden, to hold; akin to Old English healdan).]

Examples

  • The stadholder was the hereditary chief executive and commander in chief of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

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  • The stadholder was the hereditary chief executive and commander in chief of the United Provinces of the Netherlands

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  • (Dutch: Willem van Oranje) (1533-1584), was the leader of the [[Netherlands, history | Dutch Revolt]] as first stadholder of the Netherlands The stadholder was the hereditary chief executive and commander in chief of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

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  • The stadholder was the hereditary chief executive and commander in chief of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

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  • The stadholder was the hereditary chief executive and commander in chief of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.

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  • When in 1688, after Roman Catholic James II (England's last absolute monarch) was sent on a permanent vacation by his daughter Mary II, his son in law stadholder William III and the protestant parliamentarians who invited them, the Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to vote for 100 years.

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  • I wish you had run all risks, and cudgelled the old burgomaster, stadholder, or whatever else he may be, soundly.

    The Purcell Papers

  • A “national” body, the States General (the legislative assembly of representatives of the orders or classes of society) appointed the stadholder for each province.

    1648

  • The office of stadholder, chief executive officer of a Dutch province that later formed union, the United Provinces, and usually a member of the House of Orange, was settled on William of Orange.

    c. The Netherlands

  • Karl XV had promised to abolish the position of stadholder in Norway.

    i. Scandinavia

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