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

Examples of oligarch in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 oligarch had the incident written off the books, and as far as the authorities were concerned, the house was empty when the fire broke out. Linda Kinstler, Longreads, "Angrily Experiencing the Best Days of Our Lives," 27 June 2018 Glushkov was an associate of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic who died in London in 2013. Time, "Putin Critic Found Dead in the U.K. Days After Ex-Spy Mysteriously Poisoned," 13 Mar. 2018 Going after this sovereign debt, not the glitzy penthouses of the oligarchs, would represent a serious systemic attack on the Kremlin. chicagotribune.com, "Britain has no clue why it's punishing Russia," 28 Mar. 2018 The oligarchs of the Putin era, on the other hand, are themselves assets of the state, administering business fiefdoms that also happen to pay handsomely. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "Putin’s Shadow Cabinet and the Bridge to Crimea," 29 May 2017

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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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“Oligarch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oligarch. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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oligarch

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How to pronounce oligarch (audio) How to pronounce oligarch (audio)

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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