robber baron

noun

Definition of robber baron

  1. 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. 2 :  a business owner or executive who acquires wealth through ethically questionable tactics

1878

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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