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[rok-uh-fel-er] /ˈrɒk əˌfɛl ər/
John D(avison)
[dey-vuh-suh n] /ˈdeɪ və sən/ (Show IPA),
1839–1937, and his son John D(avison), Jr. 1874–1960, U.S. oil magnates and philanthropists.
Nelson A(ldrich) 1908–79, U.S. political leader: governor of New York 1959–73; vice president of the U.S. 1974–77 (son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.). Unabridged
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  • Mr. Rockefeller did not discover the hog, but it is considered his by right of resemblance.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Has there ever been a king in modern times with anything like the power of Mr. Rockefeller?

    Socialism John Spargo
  • "Well, it'll need to be Rockefeller later on," said the blonde.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • And this place of enchantment was Mr. Rockefeller's private park!

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Ask Mr. Rockefeller, "Is this oil refinery your property, Mr. Rockefeller?"

British Dictionary definitions for Rockefeller


John D(avison). 1839–1937, US industrialist and philanthropist
his son, John D(avison). 1874–1960, US capitalist and philanthropist
his son, Nelson (Aldrich). 1908–79, US politician; governor of New York State (1958–74); vice president (1974–76)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rockefeller

"immensely rich man," 1938, in reference to U.S. financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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