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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To hear at least one influential financier tell it, bitcoin’s most euphoric days may be behind it. Maya Kosoff, The Hive, "Has Bitcoin Entered the Doom Loop?," 29 June 2018 Among those changes was bringing on financier Jonathan Ledden to lead the board of directors in the fall in 2017. Matthew J. Palm,, "Shane Jewell is Orlando Ballet's new executive director," 28 June 2018 The magazine notes that the 1920s, neoclassical-style building was also once home to imprisoned former financier Bernie Madoff. Stephanie Petit,, "Matt Lauer's Manhattan Apartment Where He Got Fired Is on the Market for $7.35 Million," 3 Apr. 2018 That’s when Ron Ormand, a financier and oil industry veteran, joined the board of directors. Jordan Blum, San Antonio Express-News, "Lilis may be an acquisition target," 13 July 2018 On May 4 billionaire financier and criminal justice reform advocate George Soros contributed $1.5 million to a statewide PAC supporting Jones-Wright and three other reform-minded DAs in the state. Greg Moran,, "DA race: Early lead for Stephan against challenger Jones-Wright," 5 June 2018 McCain was one of five senators accused of trying to pressure federal thrift regulators to back off a political benefactor, financier and developer Charles H. Keating Jr. Eliza Collins, USA TODAY, "John McCain HBO documentary highlights Arizona senator's life, 'warts and all'," 17 May 2018 The latest addition: Stephen Feinberg, billionaire financier and co-chief executive of Cerberus Capital Management, a private equity firm based in New York. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump taps private equity billionaire for intelligence advisory role," 12 May 2018 Former president Bill Clinton was criticized for pardoning Marc Rich, a financier accused of tax evasion. Annie Linskey,, "How does Trump decide his pardons? Critics say it’s based on gut feeling," 31 May 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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