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

Examples of tycoon in a Sentence

an oil tycoon who's widely considered the most powerful man in the county
Recent Examples on the Web The Indian tycoon’s wealth has more than doubled since early 2021 to a current $112.9 billion. Kerry A. Dolan, Forbes, 15 July 2022 Her father, the late media tycoon Robert Maxwell, was overbearing, narcissistic and vicious, according to Maxwell’s lawyers. Rich Schapiro, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Since the start of the pandemic, the tycoon has worked from home, doing board meetings on Zoom. Naazneen Karmali, Forbes, 6 July 2022 The rapper and the lifestyle tycoon have teamed frequently in recent years. Paul Grein, Billboard, 15 June 2022 Stories about American capitalism tend to have a recognizable villain: the robber baron, the business tycoon, the financial investor, your boss. Jane Hu, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 The Russian-Israeli tycoon has been sanctioned by U.K. and other lawmakers for his allegedly close ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 19 May 2022 The Standard Oil tycoon employed Carrère and Hastings, the firm famed for its design of The New York Public Library, to realize this 75-room, neoclassical Beaux-Arts mansion. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 19 May 2022 While the tycoon has a minor stake in the industrial conglomerate, the companies have sold off military assets as far back as 2019 and currently do not produce any military equipment, according to the spokesperson. Erin Prater, Fortune, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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“Tycoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tycoon. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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