mag·​nate | \ ˈmag-ˌnāt How to pronounce magnate (audio) , -nət\

Definition of magnate

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

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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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Van Alen sent floor plans, sketches, and sections to Chrysler’s office, where the car magnate would spread the papers across the floor and crawl around examining each detail. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "A Friendship Turned to Rivalry. A Feud That Changed the New York Skyline.," 27 Mar. 2019 The park is impressive, sure—4,000-plus acres (about five times the size of New York’s Central Park) and more than 70 miles of hiking trails making up a swath of land donated to the city in 1896 by mining magnate Griffith J. Griffith. Davy Rothbart, Los Angeles Magazine, "I Learned to Love Griffith Park by Spending 18 Hours Straight There," 23 May 2018 In making it official, Richardson and the NFL will walk away from the high bidder, credit card magnate Ben Navarro, who was both a lot closer to Richardson’s target price and a resident of Charleston S.C. Confused? Albert Breer,, "Speed, Discipline and a Whole Bunch of Cash: Inside the Odd Sale of the Carolina Panthers," 17 May 2018 The island has been the playground of the über wealthy since 1926, when automobile magnate Howard Coffin opened the lavish Cloister Hotel. Hallie Levine Sklar, Town & Country, "The Complete Guide to Sea Island, Georgia," 28 July 2017 But Trump’s attempt to pay back his coal magnate donors would never survive on Capitol Hill – it is that rare energy policy that is opposed by wind power, solar energy, and oil companies, alike. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "A Progressive President Could Accomplish a Lot By Following Trump’s Example," 3 June 2018 Moscow confirmed its participation after the WEF said three Russian businessmen who were under U.S. sanctions—Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, construction billionaire Viktor Vekselberg and banker Andrey Kostin—would be able to attend. Stephen Fidler, WSJ, "Trump, Key European Leaders Skip Davos Amid Turmoil at Home," 21 Jan. 2019 The museum has seven locomotives, 18 box cars and 20 passenger cars worth about $4 million at the rail yard and recently bought the private car of Florida railroad magnate Henry Flagler, which is worth several million dollars. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Transportation museum says Noblesville wants to steal its trains," 7 May 2018 Don't miss Jerome State Historic Park — the mansion doesn't just tell the story of mining magnate James Stuart Douglas. azcentral, "From climate to fry bread, 125 reasons to love Arizona," 15 May 2015

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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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English Language Learners Definition of magnate

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

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