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[rahn-tyey] /rɑ̃ˈtyeɪ/
noun, plural rentiers
[rahn-tyey] /rɑ̃ˈtyeɪ/ (Show IPA).
a person who has a fixed income, as from lands or bonds. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The one who has a perpetual income from bonds or rents is called a rentier.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • But did you see in the paper that he was put down as rentier?

    Plays--First Series August Strindberg
  • My French friends wanted to talk of the "Psychology of the rentier."

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • He gives himself the name of Piquouique, rentier, English; and he appeals to his Ambassador.

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for rentier


  1. a person whose income consists primarily of fixed unearned amounts, such as rent or bond interest
  2. (as modifier): the rentier class
Word Origin
from rente; see rent1
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Word Origin and History for rentier

1847, from French rentier, "holder of rental properties or investments that pay income," from rente "profit, income" (see rent (n.1)).

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