Definition of magnate in English:

magnate

noun

  • A wealthy and influential person, especially in business.

    ‘a media magnate’
    • ‘Aware of the power of the press, many political parties have even nominated media magnates as members of parliament.’
    • ‘He seemed to be heading the same way as his cousins Dinto and Tindo, both of whom were now successful tea shop magnates in Fujeirah.’
    • ‘Mr Trump is the building magnate and author of The Art of the Deal, one of the most successful business best-sellers of all time.’
    • ‘Film stars and directors, business magnates and corporate houses are now keen to acquire timeworn artifacts.’
    • ‘In the late 1960s came an unexpected invitation to work for the Johnsons of Wisconsin - the floor-wax magnates and art collectors.’
    • ‘More than 9,000 works of art were donated to the city of Glasgow by the shipping magnate Sir William Burrell and his wife, Constance.’
    • ‘A more innocent reason for the chat was that Cragnotti, a fruit magnate, was trying to enlist Erikkson as the European face of Del Monte.’
    • ‘Kings and magnates claimed considerable portions of pasture and forest, and there were many disputes concerning their use.’
    • ‘An alliance into a historic family deemed amongst the most powerful of the Northern magnates of England would ensure the wealth, security and influence of Mann.’
    • ‘Property magnate John Bloor bought the land for redevelopment and picked up the Triumph name as part of the deal.’
    • ‘The extravagant mansions built on the island of Syros reflect the wealth of these early magnates.’
    • ‘By 1000 most English bishops were monks, and both bishops and abbots deliberated with lay magnates in the king's council.’
    • ‘He had to consult the nobles, the magnates of the Church, and, in time, representatives from the towns who could make commitments of money.’
    • ‘Hugh Allan, the railroad magnate, would steer Scottish immigrants there until they settled in elsewhere.’
    • ‘In other words, the noble landlords and magnates, whose values were decidedly not those of Puritan asceticism, were in the vanguard of capitalism.’
    • ‘The most ardent backers of the opposition were the business magnates and the armed forces.’
    • ‘Andrew Carnegie was a steel magnate who gave a great deal of money away in his later years to libraries and educational causes.’
    • ‘Stephen was brought up at the court of his uncle Henry I, becoming one of the wealthiest of the Anglo-Norman magnates.’
    • ‘The magnate's style creates interesting theatre, but is out of place in a modern boardroom.’
    • ‘Experience also shows that our present rulers and corporate magnates will not yield without a fight.’
    industrialist, tycoon, mogul, captain of industry, baron, lord, king, proprietor, entrepreneur, merchant prince, financier, top executive
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Origin

Late Middle English: from late Latin magnas, magnat- ‘great man’, from Latin magnus ‘great’.

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