Pronunciation: (stāk'hōl"dur), [key]
1. the holder of the stakes of a wager.
2. a person or group that has an investment, share, or interest in something, as a business or industry.
3. Law.a person holding money or property to which two or more persons make rival claims.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.