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  • n. The chief magistrate, then later, hereditary chief-of-state of the Dutch Republic (mod. Dutch stadhouder).
  • n. An office formerly held by Danish and Swedish officials best translated as Governor-general.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Formerly, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of Holland; also, the governor or lieutenant governor of a province.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. Erroneous spellings of stadholder, etc.


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  • Not long afterwards, when the King of Ternate seemed to affect our nation, the Dutch threatened to forsake him, and to join with his deadly enemy the King of Tidor, if he suffered the English to have a factory, or allowed them any trade; affirming that the English were thieves and robbers, and that the _King of Holland_, as they called their stadtholder, was stronger at sea than all the other powers of

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08

  • But though the cap is now exchanged for a crown, and the stadtholder is a monarch, the policy seems to flourish on the old footing of their close-handed fathers.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847.

  • "stadtholder," and even the war against the monarch had been carried on in his name.

    The Burgomaster's Wife — Volume 05

  • Turkish pipe, wrought with jasmine and amber, which had been presented to a stadtholder of Holland at the conclusion of a treaty with one of the petty Barbary powers.

    Washington Irving

  • “The duration of our president,” he told Roger Sherman, “. . . is only for four years; but his power during those four years is much greater than that of an avoyer, a consul, a podesta, a doge, a stadtholder; nay, than a king of Poland; nay, than a king of Sparta.”

    America's First Dynasty

  • In part because of this service, in 1555 William was made stadtholder the equivalent of governor and commander in chief of Holland, Zeeland, and Utrecht.

    The Pawprints of History

  • At length it was suspected that the stadtholder was at the bottom of the matter.

    Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)

  • On one notable occasion, to show her impartiality, the duchess appeared in public accompanied by the stadtholder, Lelaing, a partisan of the Hooks, and by Frank van

    Charles the Bold Last Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477

  • Hague, where Isabella acted as chief and official adviser to the duke's stadtholder in the administration.

    Charles the Bold Last Duke of Burgundy, 1433-1477

  • Nassau-Dillenburg, who remaining childless chose as his successor his cousin William I., stadtholder of the United Netherlands.

    The South of France—East Half


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