1. a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate.

verb (used with object)

  1. to finance.

verb (used without object)

  1. to act as a financier.


  1. a person who is engaged or skilled in large-scale financial operations

1610s, “one concerned with finances” (especially public), from French financier (16c.), agent noun from finance (see finance (n.)). Sense of “capitalist” is first recorded 1867.

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