stadholder

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stad·hold·er

 (stăd′hōl′dər) also stadt·hold·er (stăt′-)
n.
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).]
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stadholder

(ˈstædˌhəʊldə) or

stadtholder

n
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
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stad•hold•er

also stadt•hold•er

(ˈstædˌhoʊl dər, ˈstæt-)

n.
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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In Dutch politics, Luzac supported the Stadholderate, believing that the state should emulate the cosmos in having a single directing force.