[ kap-i-tl-ist ]
/ ˈkæp ɪ tl ɪst /


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 forms

an·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

British Dictionary definitions for procapitalist (1 of 2)


/ (prəʊˈkæpɪtəlɪst) /


in favour of or supporting capitalist policies and ideologies

British Dictionary definitions for procapitalist (2 of 2)


/ (ˈkæpɪtəlɪst) /


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 Forms

capitalistic, adjective
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