ty·coon | \tī-ˈkün \

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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Synonyms for tycoon


baron, captain, czar (also tsar), king, lion, lord, magnate, mogul, monarch, prince

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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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Miglin’s husband, Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin, was one of the victims of Andrew Cunanan’s cross-country killing spree, on which the FX series was based. Tracy Swartz, chicagotribune.com, "These Emmy nominees have ties to the Chicago area," 12 July 2018 Spring Mansion — named for its original owner, the mining and real estate tycoon John Hopkins Spring — was a universe away from the Oakland flats, where Riley grew up and shot most of the film. Jonah Weiner, New York Times, "How Boots Riley Infiltrated Hollywood," 22 May 2018 But Latin American media markets tend to be small and dominated by tycoons with other businesses, who prize cosy relationships with governments. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 Meanwhile, many newer private news channels are owned by industrial tycoons outside the media, from tobacco to cooking oil, trying to gain influence, the journalists say. Saeed Shah, WSJ, "Pakistan Media Says It’s Targeted in Army’s ‘Systematic, Creeping, Coup’," 26 June 2018 For much of Don junior's life, the hunter's camo he's worn has helped him not to disappear but to stand out, to differentiate himself from his father, the real estate tycoon who never understood his son's fascination with the outdoors. Julia Ioffe, GQ, "The Real Story of Donald Trump Jr.," 21 June 2018 While this trio of space tycoons currently dominate the nascent industry, more companies will soon join the party. Fortune, "Commercial Rockets Are Making Life Complicated for Airlines," 27 June 2018 This trio of space tycoons currently dominate the nascent industry, but more companies will soon join the party. Justin Bachman, latimes.com, "Commercial space launches are making life complicated for airlines," 27 June 2018 While this trio of space tycoons currently dominate the nascent industry, more companies will soon join the party. Justin Bachman, Bloomberg.com, "The Billionaire Space Race Is Making Life Difficult for Airlines," 27 June 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 \

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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