mag·nate | \ ˈmag-ˌnāt , -nət \

Definition of magnate 

: a person of rank, power, influence, or distinction often in a specified area a railroad magnate

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Synonyms for magnate


baron, captain, czar (also tsar), king, lion, lord, mogul, monarch, prince, tycoon

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Examples of magnate in a Sentence

a studio magnate who had the biggest stars in Hollywood at his beck and call

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The buyers are listed as hedge fund managers, foreign and domestic; Russian oligarchs; Chinese apparel and airline magnates. Catherine Cusick, Longreads, "The Urban Crisis of Affluence," 21 June 2018 Another tech magnate, CEO Marc Benioff, tweeted his interest in the cleanup and later became one of its biggest backers. James Rainey /, NBC News, "A young Dutch inventor wants to clean plastic from the ocean. Can he do it?," 13 June 2018 Sir Richard Branson, the British music and airline magnate, founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 to develop a commercial spacecraft that could whisk tourists on short, suborbital flights for an amazing view and a few minutes of weightlessness. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "With a simple and cheap rocket, Virgin Orbit aims for the extraordinary," 4 June 2018 Lohan is quickly becoming a Greek-nightclub magnate, and that feels good and right—or at least more right than some of the other identities she‘s tried on in recent years, such as a young Gwyneth Paltrow lifestyle guru, or fashion designer. Kenzie Bryant, Vanities, "Lindsay Lohan Kicks Off Summer With a New Namesake Club," 29 May 2018 Jeff DeAngelo was not a brash New Jersey real estate magnate, but the lead investigator on the case. Jake Fischer And Jon Wertheim,, "Could a Rogue FBI Agent Derail the NCAA Corruption Probe?," 23 May 2018 Rybolovlev, a billionaire fertilizer magnate, bought a beachfront mansion in Florida from President Trump in 2008 for $95 million, more than twice what Trump had paid for the property just four years before. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Beyond Russia: Understanding the New Trump Campaign Collusion Story," 20 May 2018 This morphs into a more personal, if futile, mission against a local energy magnate (Michael Gaston), whom Toller publicly blames for the poisoning of nearby waterways. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Bracing, Grim Power of First Reformed," 18 May 2018 Started by Chicago Cubs owner and chewing gum magnate, Phillip Wrigley, the league brought together women from all over North America and Canada to play baseball for soldiers and the folks at home. Liz Carey,, "GLORY DAYS: Greater Cincinnati produced some of the best AAGPBL players," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of magnate

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magnate

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of magnate

: a person who has great wealth and power in a particular business or industry

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