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 The center opened in 1921 with a gift from the estate of Minnesota's famed railroad and industrial tycoon James J. Hill. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, 17 June 2021 Founded in 1995 by clothing tycoon Mr. Lai, the paper has criticized Beijing and openly supported the pro-democracy protest movement of 2019 that drew historic numbers of people into the streets two years ago. Elaine Yu, WSJ, 17 June 2021 In 1931, what was then Brown Bros. merged with two relatively new-money firms that had been founded by Averell and Roland Harriman, sons of the railroad tycoon E.H. Harriman. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 The prosecution of Lee was Seoul’s main claim to success in taking on the tycoon class hoarding the fruits of national growth. William Pesek, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Lyndhurst, once owned by railroad tycoon Jay Gould, is located 25 miles north of New York City's Madison Square Garden, which Westminster typically calls home. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 14 June 2021 Years earlier Freeze persuaded Margaret Rockefeller Strong, granddaughter of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller, to donate her family's Tuscan estate, Villa Le Balze, to Georgetown. NBC News, 12 June 2021 Beatrice married the property tycoon in an intimate ceremony at Windsor Castle last July. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 20 May 2021 Rui Ma notes that his mentor, electronics tycoon Duan Yongping, also retired around 40. Time, 20 May 2021

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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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20 Jun 2021

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“Tycoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tycoon. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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