Definition of magnate in English:


Syllabification: mag·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈmagˌnāt, ˈmagnət


  • A wealthy and influential person, especially in business: a media magnate
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    • Stephen was brought up at the court of his uncle Henry I, becoming one of the wealthiest of the Anglo-Norman magnates.
    • Aware of the power of the press, many political parties have even nominated media magnates as members of parliament.
    • Property magnate John Bloor bought the land for redevelopment and picked up the Triumph name as part of the deal.
    tycoon, mogul, captain of industry, baron, lord, king, magnifico; industrialist, proprietor
    informal big shot, big cheese, (head) honcho
    derogatory fat cat


late Middle English: from late Latin magnas, magnat- 'great man', from Latin magnus 'great'.

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