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 One of the biggest stars in this white-hot corner of Wall Street is a 79-year-old financier who doesn’t tweet or court the Reddit daytrading crowd. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, 27 Mar. 2021 Before his scam came to light in 2008, Madoff was relatively unknown as a behind-the-scenes Wall Street financier. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2021 The financier Charles Schwab and his wife, Helen (No. 24), gave $65 million to address homelessness in San Francisco. Star Tribune, 9 Feb. 2021 Graham was born in New York City in 1917 and was a teenager when her father, financier Eugene Meyer, bought The Washington Post in 1933. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 Roosevelt established those bona fides by bringing a successful antitrust case against financier J. P. Morgan in 1904. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 2 May 2021 Storybook’s history has at times read more like a financier’s sordid tale. Anna Caplan, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2021 Poilievre’s comments highlight the political minefield Macklem is navigating as his central bank becomes primary financier of Trudeau’s massive budget deficits. Kait Bolongaro,, 15 Oct. 2020 Bernie Madoff, the financier from New York City who pleaded guilty to orchestrating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, died Wednesday in federal prison. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of financier was in 1618

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6 Jun 2021

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“Financier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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