capitalist

[kap-i-tl-ist]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. capital surplus,
  2. capital transfer tax,
  3. capital-intensive,
  4. capitalise,
  5. capitalism,
  6. capitalistic,
  7. capitalization,
  8. capitalization issue,
  9. capitalize,
  10. capitally

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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British Dictionary definitions for capitalist

capitalist

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to capital, capitalists, or capitalism
Derived Formscapitalistic, adjective

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Word Origin and History for capitalist

capitalist

n.

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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