ty·​coon | \ tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio) \

Definition of tycoon

1a : a businessperson of exceptional wealth, power, and influence : magnate
b : a top leader (as in politics)
2 : shogun

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Examples of tycoon in a Sentence

an oil tycoon who's widely considered the most powerful man in the county

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The latest class of big property owners in New Zealand is a deep-pocketed who’s who of international celebrities and tycoons, including James Cameron, Peter Thiel, Shania Twain, Matt Lauer, Bill Foley, Ben Harper, and Anthony Malkin. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 The pair stepped out in public together in December, when the real estate tycoon, 34, and royal, 30, reportedly attended the Berggruen Prize Gala in New York City as a couple. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Princess Beatrice’s New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mozzi?," 29 Dec. 2018 Narrowly, that’s meant Trump makes policy that is good for him and his family, like a tax law that’s great for the very wealthy, particularly real estate tycoons like him. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Let’s stop pretending Trump is just pretending," 30 Oct. 2018 Yingluck 's brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecommunications tycoon, was prime minister in 2001-2006. Fox News, "Thai officials say they seek UK extradition of former PM," 31 July 2018 Yingluck’s brother Thaksin Shinawatra, a telecommunications tycoon, was prime minister in 2001-2006. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Thai officials say they seek UK extradition of former PM," 31 July 2018 The winning candidate, Khaltmaa Battulga, was a business tycoon and former wrestler who cast himself as an outsider — a populist, anti-establishment figure. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolian democracy has a familiar ailment, and it’s all about money," 26 June 2018 The 89-year-old tycoon, who announced his retirement in March, formally resigned as chairman of the two companies. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg’s Week in Pictures," 10 May 2018 Trump also filmed a small part in a music video for pop star Emin Agalarov, the son of Aras Agalarov, a Russian billionaire tycoon with ties to Putin. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump Tower Moscow, and Michael Cohen’s lies about it, explained," 29 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of tycoon

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tycoon

Japanese taikun

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English Language Learners Definition of tycoon

: a very wealthy and powerful business person


ty·​coon | \ tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio) \

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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