Definition of magnate
: 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
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In particular, the parks laid out by 18th-century European magnates often fit these criteria.
Built in 1888, the Hotel Del Coronado has had multiple owners over the years, from sugar magnate John Spreckels during much of the first half of the 20th century to M. Larry Lawrence, responsible for a sizable expansion of the hotel rooms.
His taste for luxury travel has been funded by foreign leaders and a casino magnate.
Enter Phil Cole, a lively sort who at various times in life was a congressional aide to former U.S. Rep. Earl Wilson of Bedford, PR man for Nevada casino magnate Bill Harrah and notorious IndyCar bad boy Salt Walther and a writer of cookbooks.
Buying more tankers in an oversupplied market may seem foolhardy to some, but shipping magnate John Fredriksen is used to sailing against prevailing business currents.
More than a week later, on May 4, 1997, Cunanan tortured and killed millionaire Chicago real estate magnate Lee Miglin, 72, whose relationship to Cunanan, if any, is still unclear.
The buyer, Christian Vanneque, was not a billionaire financier or oil magnate, but a French sommelier in Indonesia.
Set atop a hill overlooking the ocean, media magnate William Randolph Hearst's famous San Simeon estate—
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Origin and Etymology of magnate
Middle English magnates, plural, from Late Latin, from Latin magnus
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of magnate for English Language Learners
: a person who has great wealth and power in a particular business or industry
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