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  1. stadtholdernoun

    The chief magistrate, then later, hereditary chief-of-state of the Dutch Republic (mod. Dutch stadhouder).

  2. stadtholdernoun

    An office formerly held by Danish and Swedish officials best translated as Governor-general.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stadtholdernoun

    The chief magistrate of the United Provinces.

    Etymology: stadt and houden, Dutch.


  1. Stadtholder

    In the Low Countries, stadtholder (Dutch: stadhouder [ˈstɑtˌɦʌudər] (listen)) was an office of steward, designated a medieval official and then a national leader. The stadtholder was the replacement of the duke or count of a province during the Burgundian and Habsburg period (1384 – 1581/1795).The title was used for the official tasked with maintaining peace and provincial order in the early Dutch Republic and, at times, became de facto head of state of the Dutch Republic during the 16th to 18th centuries, which was an effectively hereditary role. For the last half century of its existence, it became an officially hereditary role under Prince William IV of Orange. His son, Prince William V, was the last stadtholder of the republic, whose own son, William I of the Netherlands, became the first sovereign king of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.The title stadtholder is roughly comparable to the historical titles of Lord Protector in England, Statthalter in the Holy Roman Empire and Governor-general of Norway.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stadtholdernoun

    formerly, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of Holland; also, the governor or lieutenant governor of a province

  2. Etymology: [D. stadhouder; stad a city, a town + houder a holder.]


  1. Stadtholder

    A stadtholder, literally place holder, was a term for a "steward" or "lieutenant". In the Low Countries, the stadtholder was a medieval function, which during the 16th, 17th and 18th century, developed into a rare type of de facto hereditary head of state of the thus "crowned" Dutch Republic. It is comparable with the French title Lieutenant and England's 16th century Lord Lieutenant. Additionally, this position was tasked with maintaining peace and provincial order in the early Dutch Republic. The Dutch Monarchy is a descendant of the first Stadtholder of the young Republic, William of Orange. He was the leader of the successful Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Empire.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stadtholder

    stad-hōl′dėr, n. a barbarous English form of the Dutch Stadhouder, 'stead-holder,' of which the French lieu-tenant is a literal translation, Statthalter being the corresponding German.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Stadtholder

    an anglicised form of the Dutch "stadhouder" (i. e. stead-holder), a title conferred on the governors of provinces in the Low Countries, but chiefly associated with the rulers of Holland, Zealand, and Utrecht; in 1544 the title was held by William the Silent, and continued to be the designation of the head of the new republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands until 1802, when William V. was compelled to resign his stadtholdership to France, the country afterwards assuming a monarchical government.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stadtholder in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stadtholder in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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