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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One of the largest donations supporting Trump during the campaign was a $2 million super PAC contribution from a poultry magnate, and several industry stalwarts took positions with the Trump transition team or in the Agriculture Department. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Chicken Farmers Thought Trump Was Going to Help Them. Then His Administration Did the Opposite.," 5 June 2019 Henry Flagler, the Florida East Coast Railway magnate known as the father of South Florida, built the mansion as a wedding gift for his bride, Mary Lily. Doreen Christensen,, "Free entry at Flagler Museum on Wednesday," 3 June 2019 Jones is not a defendant in the lawsuit nor has she been named in connection with two ongoing, unrelated FBI investigations involving city officials: a probe of the city's demolition program and separate scrutiny of towing magnate Gasper Fiore. Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press, "Questions on FBI dropped for Detroit council president's deposition," 14 May 2018 Publicists for Tom Barrack, a real estate magnate who hired Gates after the inauguration, declined to address those issues publicly when contacted by the AP. Jeff Horwitz, The Seattle Times, "Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery," 13 Aug. 2018 Ten years ago the company consisted of the Amazon magnate himself, a few researchers and an experimental lander that fit on a flatbed truck. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Can Jeff Bezos Make Money in Space?," 12 Apr. 2019 Residents have pushed back against projects that have favored construction magnates, most prominently at the central Taksim Square, where huge protests exploded in May 2013 to save the park from commercial developers. New York Times, "A Canal Through Turkey? Presidential Vote Is a Test of Erdogan’s Building Spree," 21 June 2018 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

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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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