from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- American family, including John Davison (1839-1937), an oil magnate who amassed great wealth through the Standard Oil Company and spent about half of his fortune on philanthropic works. His son John Davison, Jr. (1874-1960), continued his father's work and had five sons, including Nelson Aldrich (1908-1979), who was governor of New York (1959-1973) and Vice President of the United States (1974-1977) under Gerald Ford.
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- proper n. An American surname.
- n. A very rich person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. United States industrialist who made a fortune in the oil business and gave half of it away (1839-1937)
From the German place name Rockenfeld. (Wiktionary)
From John D. Rockefeller, the American industrialist who founded Standard Oil, also recognized for his 20th century philanthropy. (Wiktionary)