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 Toensing, a former federal prosecutor and senior Justice Department official, has also represented Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch under indictment in the United States whose help Giuliani sought. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Patrick is a ghostwriter, and his last client was a Russian oligarch named Sergei Vanyashin who was living in London. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 The painting was restored in the United States, authenticated as a genuine Leonardo by several art experts at the British National Gallery, then sold to a Russian oligarch for $127.5 million two years later. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 Chelsea, owned by the Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, has happily run the club at a loss for years in order to accumulate trophies. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 22 Apr. 2021 The scandal centered on a video showing Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and Johann Gudenus, both members of the far-right nationalist Freedom Party, or FPO, sealing a corrupt deal to earn election support from a Russian oligarch. Joe Baur, sun-sentinel.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Manchester City and Chelsea—owned by a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi and a Russian oligarch, respectively—had to be talked into the scheme at the last minute, the people said. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Ceferin both cajoled and criticized the six-club group — including American billionaires, Abu Dhabi royalty and a Russian oligarch — less than 48 hours after the Super League was launched in alliance with three clubs from each of Italy and Spain. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Three are owned by Americans (Liverpool, Arsenal, and Manchester United); one by a Russian oligarch who no longer lives in London (Chelsea); and one by a Middle Eastern statelet, Abu Dhabi (Manchester City). Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 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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The first known use of oligarch was circa 1610

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5 Jun 2021

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“Oligarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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