one of the rulers in an oligarchy.

Origin of oligarch

1600–10; < Greek oligárchēs, equivalent to olíg(os) olig- + -archēs -arch
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Historical Examples of oligarch

  • After this manner the democrat was generated out of the oligarch?

  • I assume, I said, that the tyrant is in the third place from the oligarch; the democrat was in the middle?

  • And the oligarch is third from the royal; since we count as one royal and aristocratical?

  • Where every man, from nobleman to labourer, should be an oligarch by faith, and a gentleman by practice.

    The Patrician

    John Galsworthy

  • He was an oligarch, but he wanted the oligarchy round him to be true and honest!

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for oligarch



a member of an oligarchy
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Word Origin and History for oligarch

c.1600, from Middle French olygarche, oligarque, from Greek oligarkhes, related to oligarkhia (see oligarchy).

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