AskDefine | Define oligarch

Dictionary Definition

oligarch n : one of the rulers in an oligarchy

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from Greek ολιγοι (oligoi) “few” + αρχ- (arkh-) “to rule”


  • US: /ˈoʊlɪˌgɑrk/


  1. A member of an oligarchy, someone who is part of a small group that runs a country.
  2. A very rich person (especially in Russia).

Related terms


a member of an oligarchy
very rich person

Extensive Definition

Oligarch may refer to one of the following:
oligarch in Finnish: Oligarkit
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