Definition of tycoon in English:



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

    ‘a newspaper tycoon’
    • ‘He knew as well as I did that we are up against not just a business tycoon but a powerful politician.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The millionaire media tycoon faces the possibility of a snap election following the double resignation.’
    • ‘There were only a dozen or so billionaires, most of them oil tycoons.’
    • ‘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 supermarket tycoon agreed to meet Cylon for exactly one-and-a-half minutes.’
    • ‘It's full of rich of ladies and business tycoons retiring after making a cool million and leaving the company to their kids.’
    • ‘Corruption and bribery are rampant in many countries across Asia Pacific, often involving top politicians, government officials, military personnel, and business tycoons.’
    • ‘The City of York has produced some of the region's wealthiest working tycoons, a new survey has revealed.’
    • ‘Completed in 1914, Kohl Mansion was the home of Charles Frederick Kohl, the son of a shipping tycoon.’
    • ‘George, we learn, is a farm boy turned wealthy insurance tycoon.’
    • ‘The speed with which the 76-year-old tycoon has moved has staggered most observers.’
    • ‘The 31-year-old supermarket tycoon was held by the South Armagh IRA for six days.’
    • ‘The head hunter took him to a real estate tycoon based in Mumbai.’
    • ‘Throughout the decade several oil tycoons claimed they were the inspiration for the show.’
    • ‘The tech-savvy leaders may convince business tycoons to bear the financial burden.’
    • ‘Allen, supposedly the fifth richest man in the world, is the tycoon who bankrolled both museums.’
    • ‘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 two unexpectedly discover that the killings are connected to a group of former computer business tycoons turned religious fanatics.’
    magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, magnifico, nabob, grandee
    millionaire, billionaire, multimillionaire
    big shot, big gun, top dog, big daddy, big chief, bigwig, honcho, zillionaire
    supremo, squillionaire
    big wheel, kahuna, top banana, big enchilada
    fat cat
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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.