Definition of optionaire in English:


Pronunciation /ˌäpSHəˈne(ə)r/ /ˌɑpʃəˈnɛ(ə)r/


  • A person whose great wealth is based on owning or exercising employee stock options.

    • ‘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.