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

Keep scrolling for more

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

Historically, the families of San Francisco’s 19th-century business tycoons built grand estates in Hillsborough. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "New $15 million mansion sells in Hillsborough. Dream home? Nope, teardown," 30 Aug. 2019 The election commission said a Russia-friendly party led by tycoon Viktor Medvedchuk, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was in second place in Sunday’s nationwide vote with 13% support and picked up 19 individual seats. Washington Post, "Ukraine president’s party gets solid parliament majority," 24 July 2019 The combination of distorted perception and anchoring explains why a bevy of venture capitalists, high-ranking generals, and business tycoons all lined up to invest in Theranos, the now-disgraced blood-testing startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes. Robert Pearl, Vox, "Understanding the science of regrettable decisions," 23 July 2019 Among Indians, Modi is more admired than cricket icons such as MS Dhoni (the second most admired Indian) and Sachin Tendulkar (7), business tycoon Ratan Tata (3), and Bollywood stars Amitabh Bachchan, and Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Modi beats Pope Francis and Dalai Lama in a ranking of the world’s most admired people," 19 July 2019 Tom Hicks, a Dallas business tycoon who is a former University of Texas regent, recently gave an interview with Corby Davidson of The Ticket SportsRadio in Dallas. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Nick Saban was interested in Texas job at one time, former regent Tom Hicks says," 9 July 2019 Now, to ease the miners' financial burden, a former coal tycoon has donated over $1 million to directly assist those miners and their families. Lauren Del Valle, CNN, "A former coal tycoon donated over $1 million to coal miners whose employer declared bankruptcy," 5 Aug. 2019 Rzeczkowski says other alleged links between Sowa & Przyjaciele and Russians in organized crime suggest a Polish tycoon did not organize Waitergate. Washington Post, "Was Polish scandal a Russian test for US election tampering?," 4 Aug. 2019 From affordable housing to a symbol of urban luxury Born in Detroit in 1940, Stephen Ross was driven from a young age to become a business tycoon. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the megadevelopment era shapes cities today," 30 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tycoon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of tycoon

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tycoon

Japanese taikun

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for tycoon



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on tycoon

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with tycoon

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for tycoon

Spanish Central: Translation of tycoon

Nglish: Translation of tycoon for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of tycoon for Arabic Speakers

Comments on tycoon

What made you want to look up tycoon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!