noun (1)
mo·​gul | \ ˈmō-(ˌ)gəl How to pronounce mogul (audio) \

Definition of mogul

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 or less commonly moghul \ ˈmō-​(ˌ)gəl How to pronounce mogul (audio) \ or mughal \ ˈmü-​(ˌ)gəl How to pronounce mogul (audio) \ capitalized : an Indian Muslim of or descended from one of several conquering groups of Mongol, Turkish, and Persian origin especially : great mogul
2 : a great personage : magnate Hollywood moguls industry moguls


noun (2)
mo·​gul | \ ˈmō-gəl How to pronounce mogul (audio) \

Definition of mogul (Entry 2 of 2)

: a bump in a ski run

Other Words from mogul

Noun (1)

mogul or less commonly moghul or mughal adjective, often capitalized

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Started by Bābur, a descendant of Genghis Khan, the Muslim Mogul dynasty ruled much of India from the early 16th century to the mid-18th century. The Moguls (whose name is also spelled Moghul or Mughal) were known for their talented and powerful rulers (called "Great Moguls"), so it's no surprise that in English the word mogul came to denote a powerful person, as in today's familiar references to "media moguls." Skiers might wonder if such power moguls have anything to do with the name they use for a bump in a ski run, but that hilly homonym has nothing to do with Asian Mogul dynasties. We picked up the skier's mogul from German dialect, from a word that is probably related to the Viennese mugl, meaning "small hill."

First Known Use of mogul

Noun (1)

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mogul

Noun (1)

Persian Mughul, from Mongolian mongγol Mongol

Noun (2)

German dialect; akin to German dialect (Viennese) mugl small hill

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

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