a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
an advocate of capitalism.
a very wealthy person.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • All statutes, ordinances and other enactments of capitalist government are repealed.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



a person who owns capital, esp capital invested in a business
politics a supporter of capitalism
informal, usually derogatory a rich person


of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper