honcho

noun hon·cho \ ˈhän-(ˌ)chō \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of honcho

plural honchos
:boss, big shot; also :hotshot

Examples of honcho in a Sentence

  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

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Did You Know?

A relic of the large US presence in Japan in the years following World War II, the word honcho comes from the Japanese word hanchō meaning “leader of the squad, section, group.” We are uncertain of the exact route by which honcho found its way into American military argot in the mid-1950s, though it is known that the Japanese applied hanchō to British or Australian officers in charge of work parties in prisoner-of-war camps. By the 1960s, the word had become part of colloquial American jargon.

Origin and Etymology of honcho

Japanese hanchō squad leader, from han squad + chō head, chief



HONCHO Defined for English Language Learners

honcho

noun

Definition of honcho for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is in charge of other people



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