Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “oligarchy”

See all translations

oligarchy

noun
 
 
/ˈɒlɪɡɑːki/ ( plural oligarchies) GOVERNMENT, ECONOMICS
[U] the fact of a country being ruled or controlled by a small group of powerful people: The real difference between oligarchy and democracy is wealth.
[C] a country or industry that is controlled by a small group of powerful people, or these people considered as a group: The electricity industry has moved from being a state monopoly to being a de facto oligarchy.
Translations of “oligarchy”
in Chinese (Traditional) 寡頭統治(的政府), 寡頭統治集團…
in Chinese (Simplified) 寡头统治(的政府), 寡头统治集团…
(Definition of oligarchy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of oligarchy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “oligarchy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

work out

to exercise in order to improve the strength or appearance of your body

Word of the Day

Byronic, Orwellian and Darwinian: adjectives from names.

by Liz Walter,
April 15, 2015
Becoming an adjective is a strange kind of memorial, but it is often a sign of a person having had real influence on the world. Science is full of examples, from Hippocrates, the Greek medic born around 460 BC, who gave his name to the Hippocratic Oath still used by doctors today,

Read More 

bio-inspiration noun

April 13, 2015
the adoption of patterns and structures found in nature for the purposes of engineering, manufacturing, science, etc. The MIT researchers actually aren’t the only robotics team to turn to cheetahs for bio-inspiration.

Read More