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 (stăd′hōl′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 Indo-European roots + Dutch houder, holder (from houden, to hold; akin to Old English healdan).]


(ˈstædˌhəʊldə) or


1. (Historical Terms) the chief magistrate of the former Dutch republic or of any of its provinces (from about 1580 to 1802)
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a viceroy or governor of a province
[C16: partial translation of Dutch stad houder, from stad city (see stead) + houder holder]
ˈstadˌholderate, ˈstadˌholdership ˈstadtˌholderate, ˈstadtˌholdership n


also stadt•hold•er

(ˈstædˌhoʊl dər, ˈstæt-)

1. the chief magistrate of the former republic of the United Provinces of the Netherlands.
2. (formerly, in the Netherlands) the viceroy or governor of a province.
[1585–95; partial translation of Dutch stadhouder=stad place + houder holder; translation of Medieval Latin locum tenēns]
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It was only five years later after the regional governor, the States General of the Dutch Republic, and finally William V, Prince of Orange and Stadholder of the Dutch Republic, had all been involved in judicial proceedings, that Father Bosten was granted a pardon and lingering hostilities were brought to an end.
The core holdings of the Mauritshuis were acquired by Stadholder William V, Prince of Orange-Nassau (1748-1806), whose son, King William I (1772-1843), presented them to the Dutch nation in 1816.
Cornelis Jansz de Vlaminck, a former aldermen and patrician of Amsterdam, was aided by his friends who tried to convince the stadholder, albeit unsuccessfully, that he was a respectable but deceived man.
He recalls portraits of the princes of Orange, and, in fact, his doppelganger appears decades later in another painting by De Bray in the Oranjezaal at Huis ten Bosch, which commemorated the life and victories of the Prince of Orange and stadholder, Frederick Henry.
The political context of the day is crucial to an understanding of how Dutch foreign trade developed, namely, the end of the War of the Spanish Succession and its immediate consequences, the peace and trade treaties (especially the Treaty of Seville in 1729) and the change of political regime in the United Provinces in 1702 whereby the regime without a Stadholder was to last until 1747.
1632-1646: Painted for stadholder Frederick Henry a series of pictures about ChristEoe1/4aos Passion.
With the limited space and purpose we have here, suffice to say that William at an early age came under the mentorship of Habsburg Emperor Charles V, and under Charles' successor King Philip II of Spain, became governor general, or stadholder, in the northern regions of the Low Countries.
William Frederick, after a brisk and unpleasant competition for the offices with Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange and head of the family, became stadholder of Frisia, Groeningen, and Drenthe.
4) In 1769 Sirmen had dedicated a private publication of six string trios to Princess Wilhelmina of Orange, who in 1766 had married the Dutch stadholder William V (56).
Via Prospero's hope 'once again [to] make flourish [the] enchanted land', the play both captures and counters a then current sense of national malaise, as the conviction grew that the Dutch Republic had gone into decline after its Golden Age in the seventeenth century, not least because of constitutional problems involving the position of the Stadholder, whose hereditary ambitions clashed with the nation's original republican ideal.
He emphasizes his relationship with England, where the son of Mary Stuart I spent several months at the court of his English uncle Charles II before becoming Stadholder of five of the Dutch provinces in 1672, and thereafter constantly sought to bring England into his anti-French alliance.