noun hon·cho \ˈhän-(ˌ)chō\

: a person who is in charge of other people

plural honchos

Full Definition of HONCHO

:  boss, big shot; also :  hotshot

Examples of HONCHO

  1. <the office was all abuzz because some honchos from corporate headquarters were coming for a visit>
  2. <he's definitely the head honcho in that company>

Origin of HONCHO

Japanese hanchō squad leader, from han squad + chō head, chief
First Known Use: 1955


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