|Steve Edwards' website|
"...(government by) a small group of powerful people" Cambridge dictionary.
Mirriam-Webster online didn't even show a result. No links for them.
|The Dutch have a pun for the word: olie-garchieolie meaning "oil."|
On the right side of the American Heritage site, there is (here in Nederland) a vertical banner ad that flashes in green and red. It tells me that if it's flashing, I come into consideration (aanmerken) for a green card. But I'm already American. I don't need no stinking green card.
They don't get a link, either.
"...Government by a few, especially by a small faction of persons or families."
I do like the paper version of the American Heritage. It's Americanmy languagefor one thing; and it has etymology.
et-y-mol-o-gy. That's a science.
Remarkably, the online version does not have the etymology of a word. That's hard for me to believe. The online version is really more of an advertisement for the book. I'm not even going to look at it.
|But what is the etymology of oligarchy?|
< Gk oligos few, little
(From the paper, paperback version, American Heritage 1978. The red one.)
Okay, now I know what oligarchy means.