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 On Wednesday this column wondered what a company controlled by a Ukrainian oligarch got in return for large checks to a Biden family member. James Freeman, WSJ, "Biden, Corruption and ABC News," 15 Oct. 2020 The Biden campaign, for its part, said that no such meeting between him and the oligarch took place. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Hunter Biden and the Hunt for a New “Hillary’s Emails”," 14 Oct. 2020 There’s a megalomaniacal Russian oligarch, Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh), who’s got machinations leading to the proverbial end of the world (but existentially way worse). Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, "Sci-fi thriller ‘Tenet’ bewilders and dazzles," 9 Oct. 2020 The dams, and the aluminum smelters built to soak up the enormous amount of excess hydroelectricity, were built in the Soviet era, and ended up owned by Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch who turned Rusal into a global aluminum giant. Russell Gold, WSJ, "This Metal Maker Is Greener Than Rivals, but the Market Doesn’t Care—Yet," 7 Oct. 2020 McConnell’s bad faith, which was never much of a secret, has become overwhelmingly obvious, like a really bad hair piece on a Russian oligarch. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "The Naive Futility of Calling Out Mitch McConnell’s Hypocrisy," 22 Sep. 2020 The report revealed that 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, "Senate report details Christopher Steele's relationship with Putin-linked Russian oligarch," 27 Aug. 2020 Kolomoisky also has ties to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a comedian whose television show aired on a network owned by the oligarch, the Daily Beast reported. CBS News, "Federal agents raid offices of company tied to Ukrainian oligarch," 4 Aug. 2020 And an ongoing investigation into who funded the Noor One threatens to ensnare Greek oligarch Evangelos Marinakis, one of the most powerful figures in global shipping and soccer. Alexander Clapp, The New Republic, "The Vampire Ship," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Oct 2020

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“Oligarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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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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