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[fin-uh n-seer, fahy-nuh n-; British fi-nan-see-er] /ˌfɪn ənˈsɪər, ˌfaɪ nən-; British fɪˈnæn si ər/
a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate.
verb (used with object)
to finance.
verb (used without object)
to act as a financier.
Origin of financier
1610-20; < French; see finance, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • Dazzle your potential financier with a demonstration of your project, then pounce before the glow fades.
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  • He has been as successful as a social entrepreneur as he has been as a financier.
  • Discussion of a looming civil complaint against the financier.
  • If it's a movie star, then some production company or financier invests in the film.
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  • If the right regulatory mix is found, financier remuneration will return to sane levels by themselves.
  • Governments' obsession about home ownership has contributed as much to the meltdown as any moustache-twirling financier.
  • Magda then set her sights on bigger game, eventually bagging a financier.
British Dictionary definitions for financier


/fɪˈnænsɪə; faɪ-/
a person who is engaged or skilled in large-scale financial operations
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Word Origin and History for financier

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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