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

  • n. A member of a small governing faction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of an oligarchy, someone who is part of a small group that runs a country.
  • n. A very rich person (especially in Russia).
  • n. A protoplanet formed during oligarchic accretion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A member of an oligarchy; one of the rulers in an oligarchical government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A member of an oligarchy; one of a few holding political power.
  • In botany, having a few centripetally developed xylem plates: said of some radial vascular cylinders.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one of the rulers in an oligarchy

Etymologies

Greek oligarkhēs : oligos, few + -arkhēs, -arch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ὀλίγοι (oligoi, "few") + ἀρχή (arkhē, "rule"). (Wiktionary)

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