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

Examples of oligarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their rivals in the English Premier League are already owned by some pretty unpleasant regimes or people: Manchester City is controlled by Abu Dhabi, and Chelsea by a Russian oligarch with ties to the Kremlin. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 9 Oct. 2021 At least seven Russian oligarch billionaires under sanction by the United States have shell companies in the documents, too. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The Palmer Johnson was originally built for the Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 27 Aug. 2021 Its previous owner was a Russian billionaire oligarch with connections to a Swiss financier who kept the painting locked, tax-free, in a Geneva vault. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Aug. 2021 In 2017, sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska filed a lawsuit in the U.S. against the Associated Press alleging that the outlet defamed him in reporting on his ties with Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2021 The Senate report revealed Steele started working on behalf of Deripaska through the Russian oligarch’s lawyers beginning as early as 2012 through part of 2017. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 15 Apr. 2021 The late dissident Yelena Bonner, for example, persuaded the late oligarch Boris Berezovsky to leave the country rather than risk arrest. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2021 He is being set up to fail by the team’s new owner to spite her oligarch ex-husband. John Avlon, CNN, 22 July 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oligarch

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

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