from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A wealthy and highly privileged person.
  • n. Slang A wealthy person who is a heavy contributor to a political campaign.

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  • n. A rich person who contributes to a political campaign.
  • n. Any affluent person who is perceived to have profited from the labour of others.

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  • n. a wealthy and privileged person


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The word was first used in the 1920s in the United States to describe rich political donors.


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