Examples of honcho in a Sentence
the office was all abuzz because some honchos from corporate headquarters were coming for a visit
he's definitely the head honcho in that company
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One polarizing coach leads to another, and none is more fascinating than Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic’s new head honcho.
Burt Lauten, the Steelers’ PR honcho, got word of the story around lunchtime that day.
The promoter, AEG Entertainment San Diego honcho John Wojas, had all four walls covered with white drapes and rented a white table and white couch.
That includes this duet with the crew's head honcho Cam'Ron.
Jill Simmons, who is in her first summer as the new head honcho of Washington’s leading trail advocacy organization, grew up as a Minnesota flatlander.
And Ojai honcho Tom (Morris) just kept failing to say ‘
Just six Americans had scored there going into last night's World Cup qualifier between the head honchos of North American soccer.
Mystique is a silent killing machine, and Catwoman is a solo act—and both fill a supporting role next to the male head honcho.
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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
First Known Use: 1945See Words from the same year
Synonymsbig, big boy, big cheese, bigfoot, biggie, big gun, big leaguer, big-timer, big wheel, bigwig, fat cat, heavy, heavy hitter, heavyweight, high-muck-a-muck (or high-muckety-muck), big shot, kahuna, kingfish, kingpin, major leaguer, muckety-muck (also muck-a-muck or mucky-muck), nabob, nawab, nibs, nob [chiefly British], pooh-bah (also poo-bah), wheel
Antonymslightweight, nobody, nonentity, nothing, shrimp, twerp, whippersnapper, zero, zilch
Related Wordsbaron, czar (also tsar or tzar), king, lion, magnate, mogul, prince, tycoon; VIP
Near Antonymsinferior, subordinate, underling; mediocrity, obscurity
HONCHO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of honcho for English Language Learners
: a person who is in charge of other people
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