oligarch

noun
ol·​i·​garch | \ ˈä-lə-ˌgärk How to pronounce oligarch (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce oligarch (audio) \

Definition of oligarch

: a member or supporter of an oligarchy

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Since the downfall of Mr Simicska, the first and most powerful Fidesz oligarch, Mr Meszaros, Mr Orban’s old village chum, has risen to comparable prominence. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 Against such oligarchs, how can any upstart compete? Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Facebook’s Cryptocurrency Ambitions Provoke Heated Debate—The Ledger," 17 June 2019 In 2017 Moldova’s oligarch-run government switched the country to a Hungarian-style mix of single-party districts and proportional representation. The Economist, "How Viktor Orban hollowed out Hungary’s democracy," 29 Aug. 2019 The grouse here are at least spared the ignominy of being shot out of the sky by an oligarch—or David Beckham—dressed in spotless tweed. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 But the former ruling Democratic Party, controlled by powerful oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, has refused to concede defeat. Fox News, "Moldova's police chief fires 6 officers in power struggle," 12 June 2019 At the end of 2017 Rusal was one of the world’s largest aluminium producers, with an enterprise value of $18bn, controlled by Oleg Deripaska, an oligarch close to Vladimir Putin. The Economist, "Zap! American officials can destroy foreign firms like gremlins on a screen," 5 May 2018 Catherine the Great, determined to drag her oligarchs kicking and toasting into the modern world, introduced French cooking to the Russian palate. Jim Kempton, Orange County Register, "Follow the French: A look at the French influence on cuisine around the world," 2 Aug. 2019 The funds Hungary gets from the European Union, say opposition politicians, are often channelled to Mr Orban’s cronies, including his son-in-law and the mayor of his home village, nurturing a new class of oligarchs. The Economist, "Viktor Orban is set to continue his illiberal reign," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oligarch

circa 1610, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oligarch

Greek oligarchēs, from olig- + -archēs -arch

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oligarch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

somewhat formal : a person who belongs to a small group of people who govern or control a country, business, etc.

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