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.

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Bank of America was a chief financier of Caliburn, which runs a facility called Homestead that houses unaccompanied migrant children, The Miami Herald reported last month. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Bank of America to cut ties with companies that help run immigrant detention centers, private prisons," 27 June 2019 Pérez Vizcaíno allegedly transferred payments from the financier of the assassination plot, Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, to the hit men. Michael Mccann,, "Arrests Shed New Light on David Ortiz Shooting as Search for Answers Continues," 18 June 2019 But now insurers, including nearly all the big European firms and Australia’s own QBE, are saying the same sort of thing as the financiers. John Quiggin, Quartz India, "Why is this Indian billionaire splurging on an Australian mine guaranteed to lose money?," 6 June 2019 Over the last two years, financiers have taken note of the staggering debt burdens confronting Turkey’s major companies and grown fearful of the increasingly dubious prospects for full repayment. Peter S. Goodman, New York Times, "For Erdogan, the Bill for Turkey’s Debt-Fueled Growth Comes Due," 24 June 2019 Some cotton factors, in turn, acquired financing from Northern banks, recycling profits from the Southern slave system back to those Northern and international financiers. Sarah Churchwell, The New York Review of Books, "‘The Lehman Trilogy’ and Wall Street’s Debt to Slavery," 11 June 2019 After Revson came Princess Ashraf, the shah of Iran’s twin sister, and since 1995 the apartment has been home to financier Henry Kravis. David Netto, Town & Country, "Is This Park Avenue Penthouse the Best Apartment in New York?," 28 Apr. 2017 Outside of railway, though, China remains a viable partner: the recent signing of a new power project still demonstrates the considerable sway that China holds as a financier where other international sources of credit remain scarce. Yunnan Chen, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia and Kenya are struggling to manage debt for their Chinese-built railways," 4 June 2019 Lady Gabriella's engagement to financier Thomas Kingston was announced by Buckingham Palace in September 2018 after getting engaged on the Isle of Sark in August 2018. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Lady Gabriella Windsor Will Host Another Royal Wedding in Windsor Castle in 2019," 21 Dec. 2018

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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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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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