Definitions

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A very rich person.
  • proper n. An American surname.

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)

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • NEVA ROCKEFELLER GOODWIN, EXXONMOBILE SHAREHOLDER: And I want to stress that all of the resolutions from Rockefeller family members reinforce different aspects of the same concern.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2008

  • NEVA ROCKEFELLER GOOD.IN, GREAT-GRAND.AUGHTER OF JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER: I want to stress all of the resolutions from Rockefeller family members reinforced different aspects of the same concern.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2008

  • (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) NEVA ROCKEFELLER GOODWIN, EXXON MOBIL SHAREHOLDER: I want to stress that all of the resolutions from Rockefeller family members reinforce different aspects of the same concern -- the need for Exxon to identify related opportunities and strengths and to complement its strengths and skills in an industry that will soon look very different than it did when many of Exxon's managers started their careers.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2008

  • NEVA ROCKEFELLER GOODWIN, JOHN D ROCKEFELLER'S GREAT GRANDDAUGHTER: I want to stress that all of the resolutions from Rockefeller family members reenforce different aspects of the same concern -- the need for Exxon to identify energy-related opportunities and strengths to complement its strengths and skills in an industry that will soon look very different than it did when many of Exxon's managers started their careers.

    CNN Transcript Apr 30, 2008

  • Decades later the term "Rockefeller Republican" can still be heard by pundits and the occasional voter lamenting his party's loss of moderation.

    NYT > Home Page

  • On Tuesday, "good" teachers will be giving model lessons before the public in Rockefeller Center.

    Sarah Garland: The Education Reform Show: Now Playing 24/7

  • Bradley Cooper spent some time to meet and greet fans in Rockefeller Plaza today after his appearance on The Today Show.

    Pink is the New Blog | Everybody's Business Is My Business » Blog Archive » Bradley Cooper Chills With Fans In NYC

  • Bottom line: David Rockefeller is most certainly not going to be holding fundraisers for anyone remotely resembling a genuine change agent.

    More on the Obama sellout (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • By giving MedPAC the power to implement its recommendations and revamping the board into an independent “but democratically accountable organization not unlike the Federal Reserve Board,” Rockefeller is freeing the panel from the constraints of congressional politics and allowing it to actually influence Medicare spending patterns.

    Wonk Room » Obama Embraces Rockefeller’s MedPAC Proposal

  • Remember, there's something that we call a Rockefeller Republican, and that's basically what the tea party is responding to.

    High Tea

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