Definition of rentier in US English:



  • A person living on income from property or investments.

    • ‘As is the case with the rentiers, the speculators act only partly out of reasoning.’
    • ‘Moreover, the price increases in the up-swing is to the disadvantage of small and big rentiers and make them ‘boom tired’.’
    • ‘At the other end of the social scale were the king and a tiny group of powerful men, all of them rentiers who lived in style on the revenues of their great estates.’
    • ‘Did the financial power of rentiers harm the transnational corporations?’
    • ‘Sixteen miles south of London, and part of what is still known as the capital's stockbroker belt, Highbury would have been full of rentiers and stockholders, and they, too, would have paid the price for inflation.’
    • ‘True, Adeline Daumard calculated that, whereas in 1820 merchants, industrialists, proprietors, and rentiers held 53 per cent of all wealth in Paris, by 1911 the figure was 81 per cent.’
    • ‘Traders, industrialists, and working-class consumers had every reason to complain that they were paying heavy taxes to support idle rentiers who had invested in the national debt.’
    • ‘But by the 1930s, Keynes became more concerned about the damage that the nonproductive rentier was doing to capitalism.’
    • ‘The progress of medical science has burdened society with a hoard of parasites, rentiers, pensioners, and other retired persons whom society has to support and even to nurse.’
    • ‘Basil seems to have retired early, becoming a rentier of independent means, and apparently in order to raise a family.’
    • ‘Both the rentiers and the speculators are capitalists; both have money as an important goal.’
    • ‘The despotic monarchy in France, meanwhile, learned that while it could clip coins and sell offices and tides to rentiers, it could not match the English in raising low coupon debt.’
    • ‘Its role is to make Britain safe for the financiers and the rentiers.’
    • ‘But these days, a lot more people vote than major landholders/real estate rentiers - in whose number I do not count the owners of small and medium-sized single family homes, among others, who make up the bulk of the middle class.’


French, from rente ‘dividend’.