Posted by TheFallen on September 11, 2002
In Reply to: Stakeholder posted by Kirsten Bæk on September 11, 2002
: What does the word stakeholder mean, and where does it come from?
NOUN: 1. One who holds the bets in a game or contest. 2. One who has a share or an interest, as in an enterprise.
My limited sources say origins for this usage of "stake" - where it means a wager, or a speculative investment - are unclear, but perhaps come from Middle English, where it may have been customary to place an object as a wager on a post or stake.