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Rockefeller

[rok-uh-fel-er] /ˈrɒk əˌfɛl ər/
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.).
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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

Rockefeller

/ˈrɒkəˌfɛlə/
noun
1.
John D(avison). 1839–1937, US industrialist and philanthropist
2.
his son, John D(avison). 1874–1960, US capitalist and philanthropist
3.
his son, Nelson (Aldrich). 1908–79, US politician; governor of New York State (1958–74); vice president (1974–76)
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Word Origin and History for Rockefeller
n.

"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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