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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Stadtholder stăt"hōld`ẽr Formerly, the chief magistrate of the United Provinces of Holland; also, the governor or lieutenant governor of a province.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stadtholder etc. Erroneous spellings of stadholder, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stadtholder stad-hōl′dėr 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.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. stadhouder,; stad, a city, a town + houder, a holder


In literature:

May heaven preserve us from kings, princes, and stadtholders.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. VIII" by Various
Faithful to his old hatred against the stadtholder, who had refused him his daughter, Louis XIV.
"The Conspirators" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I thought he bore a striking resemblance to our Stadtholder William III., though less pale.
"Major Frank" by A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
In one of those buildings the Stadtholders lived.
"Holland, v. 1 (of 2)" by Edmondo de Amicis
I am informed the Stadtholder's friends give it all the opposition in their power.
"The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution, Vol. IX" by Various
He has also a similar letter of credence to his most Serene Highness the Prince Stadtholder.
"A Collection of State-Papers, Relative to the First Acknowledgment of the Sovereignty of the United States of America" by John Adams
He was nominated by Philip stadtholder of Flanders and Artois.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Who gave the Stadtholder the might which he possesses?
"The Laughing Cavalier" by Baroness Orczy
The real rulers of the country were the stadtholders, and the great cities stood individually rather than unitedly.
"Woman's Club Work and Programs" by Caroline French Benton
Among the many interesting monuments is the imposing tomb of the stadtholder Count Engelbert II.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 4" by Various
After which, not returning to the palace, he met his retinue at the Stadtholder's castle.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
He obtained the patronage of John Maurice of Orange, who was made stadtholder of Cleves in 1649.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
The Police of this City is administer'd by a Stadtholder.
"The Memoirs of Charles-Lewis, Baron de Pollnitz, Volume I" by Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz
The beginning of the 12th century was the age of the atabegs (regents or stadtholders).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 7" by Various
To be King of England has a higher sound than to be Stadtholder of Holland.
"Shrewsbury" by Stanley J. Weyman
M. d'Afri introduced me to the mother of the stadtholder, who was only twelve, and whom I thought too grave for his years.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. III (of VI), "The Eternal Quest" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Then Frederick, provided, by the Stadtholder, with L5,000, set out to join Gustavus, but ere his departure, paid a farewell visit to Leyden.
"Rupert Prince Palatine" by Eva Scott
Count Goluchowski had been sworn in as Stadtholder of Galicia.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II" by Various
His campaigning was not yet at an end, for in 1673 he was appointed by the stadtholder William III.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 4" by Various
The Stadtholder's weak efforts to keep the peace were quite overwhelmed in the storm of wrath that arose.
"The American Revolution" by John Fiske