ty·​coon tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio)
: a businessperson of exceptional wealth, power, and influence : magnate
: a top leader (as in politics)
: shogun

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 After being slated for release in 2011, the oil tycoons were reconvicted on embezzlement and money laundering charges in 2010, extending their sentence through 2016. Devin Sean Martin, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Between 1924 and 1936, publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst installed not one but two pools at his famed Hearst Castle in San Simeon, Calif., and by the 1950s, no self-respecting business mogul or Hollywood star could live without one. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 The industrial tycoons who used to winter in the village have now been replaced by standardbred race horses. Trudy Haywood Saunders, Travel + Leisure, 26 Mar. 2024 In one article on the topic, the newspaper reported that some Tesla and SpaceX executives were concerned about the billionaire tycoon’s use of drugs. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 18 Mar. 2024 British tycoon Richard Branson could scoop a massive personal cash windfall as a reward for struggling challenger bank Virgin Money ditching its Virgin branding after a bumper takeover bid. Ryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 11 Mar. 2024 The plot is your standard B-movie fare, as scheming real estate tycoon Ben Brandt (Billy Magnussen) sends a horde of goons after Dalton, eager to acquire Frankie’s valuable beachside location. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 21 Mar. 2024 Other major co-hosts include a former Trump campaign finance chair, Todd Ricketts, and energy mogul Harold Hamm, aerospace executive Robert Bigelow, hedge fund manager Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah Mercer and casino tycoon Phil Ruffin, the invitation shows. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2024 The law was used to prosecute many leading activists, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai and former student leaders like Joshua Wong and Lester Shum. Kanis Leung, The Christian Science Monitor, 19 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Japanese taikun

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of tycoon was in 1857

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“Tycoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tycoon. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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ty·​coon tī-ˈkün How to pronounce tycoon (audio)
: a very wealthy and powerful business person

Japanese taikun "shogun"

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