stad·hold·er (stădhōl′dər) also stadt·hold·er (stăt-)
1. A governor or viceroy formerly stationed in a province of the Netherlands.
2. The chief magistrate of the former Netherlands republic.
[Partial translation of Dutch stadhouder : Dutch stad, place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Dutch houder, holder (from houden, to hold; akin to Old English healdan).]
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