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

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 But the names of other prolific donors, like Jeffrey Cappo, an auto-dealership magnate and philanthropist, no longer appeared in the reports for late 2021. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2022 This restaurant, for Liu, is a testament to her long, close relationship with the Joule’s owner, oil magnate and real estate developer Tim Headington. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, 26 Apr. 2022 Late last week, Wang Sicong, son of billionaire real estate magnate and founder Wang Jianlin, posted a video to his 40 million followers on Weibo, China's version of Twitter, that raised questions about the efficacy of the Lianhua Qingwen pills. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 Constructed by renowned architect Richard Requa for business magnate W.A. Gunn in 1925, the Coronado Castle is a San Diego landmark thanks to its Spanish Mediterranean-style design and Old Hollywood glamour. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 5 Apr. 2022 Built by business magnate John Jacob Astor IV, the 18-story Beaux-Arts building was one of the city’s earliest skyscrapers and has served as a luxury accommodation since its opening in 1904. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 In the crowd were also business magnate Elon Musk, renowned rapper and producer Diddy, Brazilian star Anitta, and Argentine newcomer Tiago PZK. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, 23 Feb. 2022 There weren't 57 Heinz varieties when Pittsburgh business magnate H.J. Heinz first invented the slogan in 1896. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 19 Feb. 2022 In 2019, French telecom magnate Patrick Drahi (net worth $6.6 billion) took the house private in a $3.7 billion deal. Abram Brown, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Magnate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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