a member of a plutocracy.

Origin of plutocrat

First recorded in 1840–50; pluto(cracy) + -crat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for plutocrat

tycoon, magnate, capitalist

Examples from the Web for plutocrat

Contemporary Examples of plutocrat

Historical Examples of plutocrat

  • The plutocrat had not appeared in the street, he had not even appeared in the dictionary.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • The plutocrat of the house-boat had come up from the beach and had been listening.

  • My friend, Mr. Blacksmith, let me introduce you to my friend, Mr. Plutocrat.

    The Friendly Road

    (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker

  • Go out and show yourself, so they can see what a plutocrat looks like.

    Otherwise Phyllis

    Meredith Nicholson

  • He was more like an American plutocrat when he began; but he has since lost the American simplicity.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

    G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for plutocrat



a member of a plutocracy
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Word Origin and History for plutocrat

"person who rules by his wealth," 1838, back-formation from plutocracy. Related: Plutocratic (1843); plutocratical (1833).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper