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[in-duhs-tree-uh-list] /ɪnˈdʌs tri ə lɪst/
a person who owns or is involved in the management of an industrial enterprise.
of, relating to, or characterized by industrialism.
Origin of industrialist
First recorded in 1860-65; industrial + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But he knew it was too late to stop the industrialist from extracting the details from him.

    Heart Henry Slesar
  • Then he clapped the industrialist on the shoulder and strode off.

    Heart Henry Slesar
  • They entered the house and the industrialist greeted his wife calmly.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
  • She barred the industrialist's quick movement in that direction.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
  • The American Federation of Labor was represented in no direct way among the five great powers of this industrialist convention.

    The I.W.W. Paul Frederick Brissenden
  • It is easy to see, therefore, what immense advantage in exchange the industrialist had.

    The Fruits of Victory Norman Angell
  • The industrialist's son pointed imperiously and the Astronomer's son nodded and made off at a run toward the house.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
  • The industrialist found it impossible to organize himself to the point of directed thought.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
  • The industrialist stared a moment, turned and suddenly and quite uncharacteristically began running.

    Youth Isaac Asimov
British Dictionary definitions for industrialist


a person who has a substantial interest in the ownership or control of industrial enterprise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for industrialist

1846, from industrial + -ist. Cf. French industrialiste (Saint-Simon, 1823). Earlier "one who makes a living by productive industry" (1837).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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