in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ist | \in-ˈdə-strē-ə-list \

Definition of industrialist 

: one owning or engaged in the management of an industry : manufacturer

Examples of industrialist in a Sentence

a meeting of industrialists to discuss environmental issues

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In 1915, the Irish painter William Orpen captured in oils and chiaroscuro the young daughter of a Canadian industrialist. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Meeting the People in the Paintings," 5 July 2018 In the first book, he is drawn into solving the 30-year-old disappearance of a wealthy industrialist’s niece, Harriet Vanger. Alice Bolin, Longreads, "The Daughter as Detective," 26 June 2018 Sridevi’s body was flown home late Tuesday night in a private plane owned by Anil Ambani, a Mumbai industrialist and entertainment baron. Rafiq Maqbool, USA TODAY, "Thousands of fans mourn Bollywood legend Sridevi in Mumbai," 28 Feb. 2018 His father was an industrialist enamored of costumed heroes who was murdered by home invaders after the ban took effect; if only someone like Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) had been there to save him, Winston muses. David Sims, The Atlantic, "What Incredibles 2 Says About Hero Worship," 20 June 2018 The sanctions are designed to penalize some of Russia's richest industrialists, who are seen in the West as enriching themselves from Putin's increasingly authoritarian administration. Author: Gardiner Harris, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration imposes new sanctions on oligarchs tied to Putin," 6 Apr. 2018 Many once belonged to the industrialists who built summer castles in New York’s Thousand Islands. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great places to explore along the Canadian border," 29 June 2018 Built in 1926 by Alcoa President Arthur Vining Davis, the town is an acronym of the American industrialist’s name. Danielle Bochove,, "Trump’s Trade War Looms Over a Canadian Town Built to Supply America," 28 June 2018 At the time, Nixon faced questions about a $205,000 loan his brother, Donald, had received from Howard Hughes, the billionaire industrialist. Washington Post,, "Dick Tuck, Democratic prankster who targeted Nixon, dies at 94," 31 May 2018

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1839, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of industrialist

: someone who owns or manages an industry


in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ist | \in-ˈdə-strē-ə-list \

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: a person who owns or engages in the management of an industry

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