One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A very powerful, important, or eminent person.‘the ranking magnificoes of the media establishment’
magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, nabob, grandeeView synonyms
- ‘My mother came from the old, patrician, landed magnificoes in Australia.’
- ‘The old magnifico's zest is infective and the audience is swept along with his machinations only to find itself, along with the anti-hero, hovering at the edge of criminality.’
- ‘It was built by Georgian magnifico Ralph Allen so that he could see it from his townhouse off York Street, and think those castle thoughts.’
Late 16th century: Italian, ‘magnificent’, originally used as a title for a Venetian magnate.
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