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 1912 Spreckels Theater was built by San Diego’s early tycoon, John D. Spreckels. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Downtown: Hotbed of past glories and future tech," 30 June 2019 Trump landed in politics with a persona - wealthy playboy, savvy tycoon, gruff truth-teller - ironed into place by decades of media appearances. oregonlive.com, "‘He’s just a psychotic’: Letterman looks back with regret on his many Trump interviews," 13 June 2019 The bribery indictment that this week swept up the chairman of North Carolina’s Republican Party and an insurance tycoon who is the state’s largest political donor was sparked by a chance encounter at a gathering of state and federal officials. Mark Maremont, WSJ, "How Official’s Undercover Role Led to Charges Against Billionaire," 4 Apr. 2019 Her father was a great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the 19th-century tycoon and philanthropist. oregonlive.com, "The amazing life of Gloria Vanderbilt," 18 June 2019 Her father was a great-grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, the 19th-century tycoon and philanthropist. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, "Gloria Vanderbilt, 95; actress, socialite was subject of scandal-tinged 1930s custody trial," 17 June 2019 Polls published just before a ban in the last fortnight of the campaign show the media tycoon and his allies running at around 37%. The Economist, "Indebted and undecidedItaly risks political confusion when it votes on March 4th," 1 Mar. 2018 The actor has been on Empire since 2015 and portrays Jamal Lyon, the middle son of hip-hop tycoon Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hollywood Supports Jussie Smollett Following Racist and Homophobic Attack," 29 Jan. 2019 The same is true in the neighbouring Czech Republic, where Andrej Babis, an erratic tycoon facing fraud charges, is struggling to put together a government. The Economist, "A struggle between authoritarians and liberals in the heart of Europe," 26 May 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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