Definition of optionaire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌäpSHəˈne(ə)r/ Pronunciation: /ˈäpSHəˌne(ə)r/


A person whose great wealth is based on owning or exercising employee stock options.
Example sentences
  • Not long ago some employees were referred to as ‘optionaires’, now much of the paper they hold is as useless as a beaten docket.
  • Don't you just get sick thinking about all those Silicon Valley optionaires who lost much of their fortune in the tech meltdown?
  • When these optionaires become real millionaires, corporate managers must ask themselves if their payouts are really justified.


Late 1990s: on the pattern of millionaire.

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Syllabification: op·tion·aire

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