in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ist in-ˈdə-strē-ə-list How to pronounce industrialist (audio)
: one owning or engaged in the management of an industry : manufacturer

Example Sentences

a meeting of industrialists to discuss environmental issues
Recent Examples on the Web In 1969, industrialist and watch collector Seth Atwood purchased the Supercomplication from Graves’ grandson, Pete Fullerton. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 4 Jan. 2023 When industrialist and self-taught art collector Charles Lang Freer first offered more than 2,000 works of Asian and American art to the United States, the gift was rejected. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 During the 1960s, Yves Saint Laurent and industrialist Pierre Berge commissioned the pair to create bronze-cast sheep covered in silk to be displayed in their library. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 7 Dec. 2022 In December 1896, Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, inventor and industrialist, died. Marylou Tousignant, Washington Post, 5 Dec. 2022 Yet, T’Challa as king rather than industrialist, puts far more at risk than Stark did. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Nov. 2022 In 2010, Ambani, along with fellow Indian industrialist Subrata Roy, tried to buy Liverpool from its former owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 14 Nov. 2022 Still other rumors involved reclusive industrialist and aviator Howard Hughes, or Las Vegas showgirls bound for Andrews Air Force Base. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 27 July 2022 The American industrialist Charles Lang Freer collected all kinds of art, from Asian ceramics to paintings by James McNeill Whistler. Peter Saenger, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of industrialist was in 1839

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“Industrialist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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in·​dus·​tri·​al·​ist in-ˈdəs-trē-ə-ləst How to pronounce industrialist (audio)
: an owner or manager of an industry : manufacturer

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