tycoon

noun
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

Synonyms

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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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 The music and television tycoon is worth an estimated $550 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Simon Cowell's Net Worth?," 30 May 2018 In January, the U.S. Treasury Department included him on a list of Russian tycoons and politicians who are close to the Russian president and could be the target of future sanctions. NBC News, "Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich left waiting for U.K. visa amid crackdown," 21 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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tycoon

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English Language Learners Definition of tycoon

: a very wealthy and powerful business person

tycoon

noun
ty·coon | \tī-ˈkün \

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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