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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Examples of tycoon in a Sentence

an oil tycoon who's widely considered the most powerful man in the county

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Like Weinstein, Ailes was a larger-than-life executive whose misogynistic tycoon persona seemed to emanate from an old Hollywood playbook. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 In 2013, Isabella married Sam Branson, the son of business tycoon Sir Richard Branson, in South Africa. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Who Is Isabella Calthorpe? What You Need to Know About Prince William's Rumored Former Crush," 23 Sep. 2018 The film starts with hotshot programmer Milo Hoffman (Ryan Phillippe) getting recruited by tech tycoon Gary Winston (Tim Robbins), who runs a massive and ubiquitous computing company called NURV. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Looking back at Antitrust, the movie where Bill Gates murders coders," 7 Sep. 2018 The show centered around the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, the grandson of oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Hilary Swank opens up about father's post transplant condition and three-year Hollywood hiatus," 31 Aug. 2018 Tech tycoons have some decent arguments as to why size does not matter any more. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 Family offices are proliferating in the region and tycoons like Li Ka-shing are starting to hand over their empires to their sons and daughters. Bloomberg.com, "Trillion Dollar Inheritance: The World’s Biggest Family Fortunes," 27 June 2018 Will play fictional Wall Street tycoon J. Griffin Remington. Omar Sanchez, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Dumbo': Everything to Know About Disney's Live-Action Remake Directed by Tim Burton," 27 June 2018 Featuring the Plunge swimming pool and a dance hall, the Coney Island-style park was developed by local tycoon John D. Spreckels, who also owned this newspaper. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 29, 1925: Belmont Park dedicated," 29 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 \

Kids Definition of tycoon

: a very powerful and wealthy business person

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