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[rok-uh-fel-er] /ˈrɒk əˌfɛl ər/
John D(avison)
[dey-vuh-suh n] /ˈdeɪ və sən/ (Show IPA),
1839–1937, and his son John D(avison), Jr. 1874–1960, U.S. oil magnates and philanthropists.
Nelson A(ldrich) 1908–79, U.S. political leader: governor of New York 1959–73; vice president of the U.S. 1974–77 (son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr.). Unabridged
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  • I hadn't saved none, thinkin' I'd got Rockefeller skinned to death as a money-getter.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • And this place of enchantment was Mr. Rockefeller's private park!

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • It was not accidental, as with Rockefeller, nor incidental, as with Carnegie.

    The Romance of the Reaper Herbert Newton Casson
  • Ask Mr. Rockefeller, "Is this oil refinery your property, Mr. Rockefeller?"

  • By getting it certified I release Mr. Rockefeller and all of the indorsers.

    Commercial Law Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill
British Dictionary definitions for Rockefeller


John D(avison). 1839–1937, US industrialist and philanthropist
his son, John D(avison). 1874–1960, US capitalist and philanthropist
his son, Nelson (Aldrich). 1908–79, US politician; governor of New York State (1958–74); vice president (1974–76)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Rockefeller

"immensely rich man," 1938, in reference to U.S. financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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