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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Americans for Prosperity, the political arm of billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, interviewed Braun but decided not to directly support him. Brian Slodysko, The Seattle Times, "GOP frets about prospects for picking up Indiana Senate seat," 18 Sep. 2018 And while the tempting narrative here is to pit the billionaire space industrialists against one another in some sort of race to recapture human spaceflight, that framing misses the point entirely. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 Turns out she’s Lady Vernon, the widow of a British industrialist named Sir Michael Vernon—and a crew favorite, due to her naughty wit. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 Financial naiveté: The industrialist George Westinghouse financed the building of Tesla’s motor and alternating current system, buying Tesla’s patents in exchange for a lucrative royalty agreement. John F. Wasik, WSJ, "Lessons From Tesla (the Man, Not the Car)," 14 Sep. 2018 Many influential backers of the cause were industrialists, who were at war with a fledgling labor movement dominated by immigrants, the film says. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Bitter Aftertaste of Prohibition in American History," 9 June 2018 All innocuously clerical enough, until Toller’s disgust with a ministry-underwriting, EPA-flouting local industrialist (Michael Gaston) turns as malignant as whatever’s necessitating those whiskey-and-Pepto cocktails. Tom Russo,, "‘First Reformed’ is more dark musings from Schrader," 25 May 2018 The sanctions are designed to penalize some of Russia’s richest industrialists, who are seen in the West as enriching themselves from Mr. Putin’s increasingly authoritarian administration. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "Trump Administration Imposes New Sanctions on Putin Cronies," 6 Apr. 2018 Young or old, these assorted industrialists, artists, students, and wine producers are all wearing Tod's, both from current collections and their own personal archives. Alessandra Ilari, Town & Country, "Captain Italia," 7 Aug. 2014

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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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