- a person who has capital, especially extensive capital, invested in business enterprises.
- an advocate of capitalism.
- a very wealthy person.
- 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
1791, “man of money,” from French capitaliste, a coinage of the Revolution and a term of reproach; see capital (n.1) + -ist. Related: Capitalistic.