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[ol-i-gahrk] /ˈɒl ɪˌgɑrk/
one of the rulers in an oligarchy.
Origin of oligarch
1600-10; < Greek oligárchēs, equivalent to olíg(os) olig- + -archēs -arch Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After this manner the democrat was generated out of the oligarch?

    The Republic Plato
  • I assume, I said, that the tyrant is in the third place from the oligarch; the democrat was in the middle?

    The Republic Plato
  • And the oligarch is third from the royal; since we count as one royal and aristocratical?

    The Republic Plato
  • Where every man, from nobleman to labourer, should be an oligarch by faith, and a gentleman by practice.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • He was an oligarch, but he wanted the oligarchy round him to be true and honest!

    The Life of Cicero Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for oligarch


a member of an oligarchy
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for oligarch

c.1600, from Middle French olygarche, oligarque, from Greek oligarkhes, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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