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
Recent Examples on the Web Li Ka Shing, Hong Kong’s wealthiest tycoon and retired head of the Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchinson, built his fortune by being able to navigate both China and the west. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, "A hotel-turned-security office signals Hong Kong’s big chill," 9 July 2020 Fast forward to the early 20th century, when oil tycoon Henry Flagler got his own taste of the bounty this shoreline has to offer. Kara Franker, Southern Living, "Things to Do in St. Augustine, Florida: Attractions and Travel Guide," 30 June 2020 He was hired by British tycoon James Goldsmith in 1978 to redesign the interiors, exteriors and packaging of the Grand Union chain of supermarkets, which Goldsmith had just acquired. William Grimes, BostonGlobe.com, "Milton Glaser, Designer of Iconic New York Logo and Dylan Poster, Is Dead at 91," 28 June 2020 Today, as France emerges from lockdown, the yard is still full of gleaming yachts, among them a 115-metre floating palace once owned by Roman Abramovich, a Russian tycoon. The Economist, "Empty palaces Why the French Riviera is full of ghost yachts," 27 June 2020 Griffith, a mining tycoon, acquired Rancho Los Feliz in the early 1880s with the intention of selling the scenic hillside plots to home buyers but found little market for the land that some believed was haunted. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz returns to market at $8.3 million," 26 June 2020 The Mediterranean-style home was built in 1925 for the son of mining tycoon and Griffith Park benefactor Griffith J. Griffith. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Van Griffith estate in Los Feliz returns to market at $8.3 million," 26 June 2020 Reliance chair Mukesh Ambani has entered the top 10 of the world’s richest people—the only Asian tycoon in that exclusive club. David Meyer, Fortune, "The pandemic’s unequal effects are becoming ever more obvious," 22 June 2020 Another local tycoon, Elly Kadoorie, built himself a palace modeled on Versailles, and his family moved around in a fleet of Rolls-Royces. Hugo Restall, WSJ, "‘The Last Kings of Shanghai’ Review: Bund Traders," 19 June 2020

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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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13 Jul 2020

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“Tycoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tycoon. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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