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  1. a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
  2. an advocate of capitalism.
  3. a very wealthy person.
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Origin of capitalist

First recorded in 1785–95; capital1 + -ist
Related formsan·ti·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivenon·cap·i·tal·ist, nounpre·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjectivepro·cap·i·tal·ist, noun, adjective
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Related Words for capitalist

entrepreneur, banker, financier, backer, businessperson, plutocrat, investor, bourgeois, moneybags, landowner

Examples from the Web for capitalist

Contemporary Examples of capitalist

Historical Examples of capitalist

  • "An anarchist is merely a capitalist without money or power," he quoted.

    The End of Time

    Wallace West

  • He sprung that on me today, when I thought I was about to begin my career as a capitalist.

  • Did he want Moore to tell them that he was a capitalist found out and punished?

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The explorer of the Capitalist syndicate was still enthusiastic.

  • All statutes, ordinances and other enactments of capitalist government are repealed.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for capitalist


  1. a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
  2. politics a supporter of capitalism
  3. informal, usually derogatory a rich person
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  1. of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
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Derived Formscapitalistic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for capitalist


1791, "man of money," from French capitaliste, a coinage of the Revolution and a term of reproach; see capital (n.1) + -ist. Related: Capitalistic.

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