Meaning of stadholder

stad•hold•er

Pronunciation: (stad'hōl"dur), [key]
— 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.
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