mag·​nate ˈmag-ˌnāt How to pronounce magnate (audio)
: a person of rank, power, influence, or distinction often in a specified area
a railroad magnate

Examples of magnate in a Sentence

a studio magnate who had the biggest stars in Hollywood at his beck and call
Recent Examples on the Web Fisher cites a more modern example: casino magnate Steve Wynn's expansion of the Las Vegas Strip in the 1990s. Michael Salerno, The Arizona Republic, 3 Apr. 2024 Previous Twain honoree Dave Chappelle was on hand to salute the multifaceted entertainer whose standup comedic talents are matched by his prowess as film actor, producer, restauranteur and beverage magnate. Paul Harris, Variety, 25 Mar. 2024 The Baltimore Sun recently was bought by a new conservative television magnate, and staffers fear cuts and news direction. Jodie Valade, Charlotte Observer, 8 Mar. 2024 French business magnate Bernard Arnault was listed as the third wealthiest person at $197 billion, as of Tuesday. USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2024 Scores of Tri-Stars were commissioned by royals and oil magnates, but those vehicles were rarely kept stock. Sean Evans, Robb Report, 24 Jan. 2024 But a deal to take his social media platform, Truth Social, and its parent company public could provide the former president and business magnate a critical lifeline and could more than double his net worth and net him more than $3 billion. USA TODAY, 23 Mar. 2024 Crawford's group bought Big Boy last from the late radio broadcasting magnate Robert Liggett Jr. A ground lease, according to the National Association of Realtors, is when a tenant owns or can build on land but does not own the land. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 15 Feb. 2024 The former Northeast Ohio auto magnate initially considered a Senate run in 2022 before Trump intervened. The Enquirer, 22 Jan. 2024

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Word History


Middle English magnates, plural, from Late Latin, from Latin magnus

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magnate was in the 15th century

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“Magnate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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mag·​nate ˈmag-ˌnāt How to pronounce magnate (audio)
: a person of rank, power, or influence (as in an industry)

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