Definition of tycoon in English:



  • 1A wealthy, powerful person in business or industry.

    ‘a newspaper tycoon’
    • ‘Throughout the decade several oil tycoons claimed they were the inspiration for the show.’
    • ‘Corruption and bribery are rampant in many countries across Asia Pacific, often involving top politicians, government officials, military personnel, and business tycoons.’
    • ‘George, we learn, is a farm boy turned wealthy insurance tycoon.’
    • ‘The head hunter took him to a real estate tycoon based in Mumbai.’
    • ‘The North Yorkshire business tycoon who owns a profitable food chain has once again had a bumper pay year.’
    • ‘He was one of the first Russian tycoons openly to declare his wealth.’
    • ‘The Democratic Party, which had planned to hold a march to condemn nepotism between the government and business tycoons, postponed its event to Jan.16.’
    • ‘The millionaire media tycoon faces the possibility of a snap election following the double resignation.’
    • ‘He knew as well as I did that we are up against not just a business tycoon but a powerful politician.’
    • ‘The two unexpectedly discover that the killings are connected to a group of former computer business tycoons turned religious fanatics.’
    • ‘The supermarket tycoon agreed to meet Cylon for exactly one-and-a-half minutes.’
    • ‘Completed in 1914, Kohl Mansion was the home of Charles Frederick Kohl, the son of a shipping tycoon.’
    • ‘The tech-savvy leaders may convince business tycoons to bear the financial burden.’
    • ‘The City of York has produced some of the region's wealthiest working tycoons, a new survey has revealed.’
    • ‘The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.’
    • ‘There were only a dozen or so billionaires, most of them oil tycoons.’
    • ‘The peninsula is home to a surprising range of fine villas and mansions, most of them designed in the middle of the last century for Glasgow's industrial and financial tycoons.’
    • ‘Allen, supposedly the fifth richest man in the world, is the tycoon who bankrolled both museums.’
    • ‘The 31-year-old supermarket tycoon was held by the South Armagh IRA for six days.’
    • ‘It's full of rich of ladies and business tycoons retiring after making a cool million and leaving the company to their kids.’
    magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, magnifico, nabob, grandee
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  • 2A title applied by foreigners to the shogun of Japan in power between 1857 and 1868.


Mid 19th century: from Japanese taikun ‘great lord’.