American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One of the American industrial or financial magnates of the late 19th century who became wealthy by unethical means, such as questionable stock-market operations and exploitation of labor.
- n. A feudal lord who robbed travelers passing through his domain.
- n. historical In Europe, an aristocrat who charged exorbitant fees or otherwise exacted money from people who journeyed across land or waterways which he controlled.
- n. idiomatic, usually derogatory Especially in the 19th-century and early 20th-century, a business tycoon who had great wealth and influence but whose methods were morally questionable.
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