Definition of honcho in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhän(t)SHō/
North American informal

noun (plural honchos)

A leader or manager; the person in charge: the company’s head honcho in the US
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  • The coalition now includes some of the country's heaviest financial hitters, pension fund managers and mutual fund honchos that control a half-trillion in assets.
  • It is no small irony that Iranian ayatollahs, ex-Communist Party leaders and former KGB honchos will vastly increase their influence in the region.
  • What do all of these people - the Baseball owners, the music-industry honchos, the airline kings, and the President, have in common?

verb (honchoes, honchoed)

[with object]
Be in charge of (a project or situation): the task at hand was to honcho an eighteen-wheeler to St. Louis
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  • After praising him, the President last week removed him from honchoing the hurricane relief operation.
  • Our most junior producer, who had put together the noon show and was at the gym at the time, came back into work and helped honcho the overnight show.
  • As the project leader and principal investigator, it was one of my responsibilities to honcho the selection of a name.


1940s: from Japanese hanchō 'group leader', a term brought back to the US by servicemen stationed in Japan during the occupation following World War II.

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Syllabification: hon·cho

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