Definition of Cooke, Jay in US English:

Cooke, Jay

proper noun

  • (1821–1905), US financier. He was the founder of Jay Cooke and Company, a leading Philadelphia bank, in 1861; his sale of bonds helped to finance the Civil War, and his financing of western railroads precipitated the Panic of 1873.

Pronunciation

Cooke, Jay

/ko͝ok/