fi·​nan·​cier | \ˌfi-nən-ˈsir; 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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In 1869, financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk bought up tons of gold in an attempt to artificially drive up its price and, presumably, sell at a profit. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Black Friday is longer, and tamer, than ever," 20 Nov. 2018 The buyer was listed as the Chilean financier billionaire Alvaro Saieh Bendeck. Vivian Marino, New York Times, "Jessica Lange Among Owners Expanding Into Grander Homes," 29 June 2018 One side sees him as a junk-bond villain whose work not only landed him in jail but enabled other financiers to launch debt-heavy corporate takeovers that upended industries. James F. Peltz,, "Anthony Scaramucci, L.A.'s Gary Winnick encouraging pardon for 'junk bond king' Michael Milken," 16 June 2018 According to Debtwire, a data provider, corporate bankruptcies generated $1.3bn in fees in 2016, with lawyers taking home over half, and the rest going to consultants, accountants and financiers. The Economist, "McKinsey manages to get itself sued for racketeering," 19 May 2018 Peter Norbeck was a big, rugged Republican senator from South Dakota, who shared his constituents’ suspicion of banks and financiers. Kevin Baker, The New Republic, "Why America needs truth and reconciliation after Trump," 17 May 2018 During the three-day blockchain bonanza, which kicks off Monday, attendees can watch young tech whizzes and old-world financiers debate the future of digital payments, and see startups pitch their plans to anyone who will listen. Fortune, "Bitcoin's Big Tent: Snoop Dogg, Jack Dorsey and FedEx's CEO Star at the Same Blockchain Bash This Week," 14 May 2018 Its residents have included former Vice President Levi P. Morton and financier Murry Guggenheim, according to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Philanthropist Couple’s Exclusive Manhattan Apartment Asks $29.5 Million," 9 Nov. 2018 The coin is named for financier Louis E. Eliasberg, who bought the coin in 1948, and amassed one of the greatest coin collections in U.S. history. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Rare nickel up for auction in Philadelphia bought for $4.56 million," 15 Aug. 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 \

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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