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 Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich could soon lose $400 million worth of aircraft. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 7 June 2022 Also on Monday, U.S. authorities moved to seize a $350 million Boeing jet believed to be one of the world's most expensive private airplanes from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Editors, USA TODAY, 7 June 2022 Pulisic's own club for the time being, Chelsea FC of the English Premier League, has endured a turbulent period in the wake of the sale of the club by now-former owner, Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 1 June 2022 Last month, sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich sold Chelsea to a group led by American Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital for $3.1 billion, the second-highest price ever paid for a sports team. Mike Ozanian, Forbes, 1 June 2022 There has been an uproar over the festival’s inclusion of Tchaikovsky’s Wife, a film by Russian dissident director Kirill Serebrennikov and in part financed by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, in the competition. Dana Thomas, Vogue, 26 May 2022 Chelsea, a Premier League soccer club in England, sold this week for $3.1 billion — an international record — to an American group after Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was forced by British sanctions to divest the team. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2022 Part of that migration of money: Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who has increasingly concentrated his wealth here. Max Colchester, WSJ, 24 May 2022 Journalist Carine Belton’s defamation suit with oligarch Roman Abramovich cost her publisher $2 million, and continuing to fight in court could have cost another $3.3 million. Amber Scorah, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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 20 Aug. 2022.

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