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cap·​i·​tal·​ist ˈka-pə-tə-list How to pronounce capitalist (audio)
: a person who has capital especially invested in business
industrial capitalists
broadly : a person of wealth : plutocrat
Charitable organizations often seek help from capitalists.
: a person who favors capitalism


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variants or capitalistic
: owning capital
the capitalist class
: practicing or advocating capitalism
capitalist nations
: marked by capitalism
capitalist period of history
capitalistically adverb

Example Sentences

Noun capitalists who lost everything in the '29 Crash
Recent Examples on the Web
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The teacher at Highland Park Middle School, Mandi Jung, frequently posts videos on TikTok espousing anti-capitalist and anarchist philosophies. Hannah Grossman, Fox News, 19 Mar. 2023 And, as with any queen, her domestic orbit is common knowledge: the rapper husband with the capitalist hustle and the wandering eye, their twins, the gifted but hopelessly overshadowed younger sister. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 17 Mar. 2023 That, in turn, triggered a number of tech companies with huge accounts at the bank to rush for the exits Thursday — spurred in part by their venture capitalist backers — resulting in an astounding $42 billion worth of withdrawals Thursday. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2023 Four decades ago, Deng, a short, stocky survivor of the Cultural Revolution, kicked off an effort to unshackle China from the ideological turmoil of Mao Zedong’s rule, embrace capitalist forces and open China to the West. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2023 Miyazaki’s vision of a society of spirits ushers you through a blissful adventure while commenting on our all-consuming capitalist system. Ryan Gaur, Rolling Stone, 9 Mar. 2023 Baseball was never on the agenda, in part because the communist government discouraged the sport as too American, too capitalist. David Waldstein Nina Riggio, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2023 Instead, the 2013 video game has been updated to convey fashionable anti-American, anti-capitalist disdain. Armond White, National Review, 1 Mar. 2023 But then, Rockefeller and Clark had started Buy Nothing as a counteragent to the capitalist ethic that concentrates wealth and power in the hands of the few while ruining lives, communities, and the environment. WIRED, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



probably borrowed from French capitaliste "person possessing capital," from capital capital entry 2 + -iste -ist entry 1


capital entry 2 + -ist entry 2, after capitalist entry 1

First Known Use


1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of capitalist was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Capitalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a person who has capital and especially business capital
: a person who supports capitalism

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