fi·​nan·​cier | \ ˌfi-nən-ˈsir How to pronounce financier (audio) ; fə-ˌnan-, ˌfī- \

Definition of financier

1 : one who specializes in raising and expending public moneys
2 : one who deals with finance and investment on a large scale

Examples of financier in a Sentence

A group of powerful financiers bought out the company.
Recent Examples on the Web Bing wrote the screenplay for 2003's Kangaroo Jack, produced films such as Get Carter and Every Breath, and was a financier on the Tom Hanks-starring Polar Express and 2007's Beowulf. Rachel Yang,, "Steve Bing, movie producer and Elizabeth Hurley's ex, dies at 55," 23 June 2020 In 2007 Russian police seized seals from Hermitage, an investment firm owned by Bill Browder, a deported financier, and used them to re-register its companies under others’ names. The Economist, "Chopped and screwed Why corporate disputes in China still revolve around rubber stamps," 20 June 2020 Others shouted comments that track with conspiracy theories shared by QAnon, asserting that billionaire financier George Soros is paying the anti-Trump crowd. Dallas News, "Protesters, supporters face off as Donald Trump visits church in North Dallas," 12 June 2020 Sweet discovered late in life, and after his parents died, that his biological father was a progressive financier, academic and prominent labor and civil rights activist in the 1940s. Christopher Quinn, ajc, "John Sweet, activist and lawyer, dies at 77," 11 June 2020 Canadian Javelin was the private sandbox of an eccentric American financier named John C. Doyle. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 Filthy Rich, which has galvanized calls for a further investigation into the financier's criminal background. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'A family affair': Ann Coulter accuses Florida judge and associates of Epstein 'cover-up'," 9 June 2020 Last September, fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low traveled to Kuwait, slipping free of international arrest notices and authorities in the U.S. and Malaysia seeking him for his alleged role in a multibillion-dollar fraud. Noemie Bisserbe, WSJ, "1MDB’s Suspected Mastermind Found New Ways to Move Money in Kuwait," 9 June 2020 The movie, which has not yet been picked up by a studio or with a financier, will be directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. and Mrs. Smith). Ineye Komonibo,, "Tom Cruise’s New Movie With Elon Musk Is Out Of This World — Literally," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of financier

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for financier

borrowed from French, going back to Middle French, "person who manages monetary affairs," from finance "money, resource" + -ier -ier — more at finance entry 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Financier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of financier

: a person who controls the use and lending of large amounts of money


fin·​an·​cier | \ ˌfi-nən-ˈsir How to pronounce financier (audio) \

Kids Definition of financier

: a specialist in finance and especially in the financing of businesses



Legal Definition of financier

1 : one who specializes in raising and expending public moneys
2 : one who deals with finance and investment on a large scale

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