robber baron

noun

Definition of robber baron

1 :an American capitalist of the latter part of the 19th century who became wealthy through exploitation (as of natural resources, governmental influence, or low wage scales)
2 :a business owner or executive who acquires wealth through ethically questionable tactics

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First Known Use of robber baron

1878


ROBBER BARON Defined for English Language Learners

robber baron

noun

Definition of robber baron for English Language Learners

  • : a wealthy person who tries to get land, businesses, or more money in a way that is dishonest or wrong


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