[rawth-chahyld, rawths-, roth-, roths-; German roht-shilt]
  1. Lionel Nathan, Baron deLord Natty, 1809–79, English banker: first Jewish member of Parliament (son of Nathan Meyer Rothschild).
  2. May·er [mahy-er, mey-er; German mahy-uhr] /ˈmaɪ ər, ˈmeɪ ər; German ˈmaɪ ər/or Mey·er [mahy-er; German mahy-uhr] /ˈmaɪ ər; German ˈmaɪ ər/Am·schel [am-shuh l; German ahm-shuh l] /ˈæm ʃəl; German ˈɑm ʃəl/or An·selm [an-selm; German ahn-zelm] /ˈæn sɛlm; German ˈɑn zɛlm/, 1743–1812, German banker: founder of the Rothschild family and international banking firm.
  3. his sonNathan Meyer, Baron de,1777–1836, English banker, born in Germany. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of rothschild

Historical Examples of rothschild

  • Rothschild felt in his pocket, but he had not a "red cent" of change.

  • I would I were Rothschild, or his son, or his godson, to beg your acceptance of them.

    Roland Cashel

    Charles James Lever

  • Thus it is seen that as Rothschild came of poor parents, and was simply a clerk.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • But it is not necessary to be either a Rothschild or a Webster, in order to succeed.

    Hidden Treasures

    Harry A. Lewis

  • Jenkyns Soames has retired to his room; probably to write to Rothschild.

    Happy-Thought Hall

    F. C. Burnand

British Dictionary definitions for rothschild


  1. Lionel Nathan, Baron de Rothschild. 1809–79, British banker and first Jewish member of Parliament
  2. his grandfather Meyer Amschel (ˈmaiər ˈamʃəl). 1743–1812, German financier and founder of the Rothschild banking firm
  3. his son, Nathan Meyer, Baron de Rothschild. 1777–1836, British banker, born in Germany
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Word Origin and History for rothschild


"rich person," 1833, in reference to the international banking family descended from Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744-1812) of Frankfurt. The surname is literally "red shield," a house name.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper