[ fin-uh n-seer, fahy-nuh n-; British fi-nan-see-er ]
/ ˌfɪn ənˈsɪər, ˌfaɪ nən-; British fɪˈnæn si ər /


a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to act as a financier.

Origin of financier

From French, dating back to 1610–20; see origin at finance, -ier2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for financier


/ (fɪˈnænsɪə, faɪ-) /


a person who is engaged or skilled in large-scale financial operations
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Word Origin and History for financier



1610s, "one concerned with finances" (especially public), from French financier (16c.), agent noun from finance (see finance (n.)). Sense of "capitalist" is first recorded 1867.

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