Definition of tycoon in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪˈkuːn/


1A wealthy, powerful person in business or industry: a newspaper tycoon
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  • He knew as well as I did that we are up against not just a business tycoon but a powerful politician.
  • Corruption and bribery are rampant in many countries across Asia Pacific, often involving top politicians, government officials, military personnel, and business 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.
magnate, mogul, big businessman, baron, merchant prince, captain of industry, industrialist, financier, top executive, chief, lord, magnifico, nabob, grandee;
British informal supremo, squillionaire
North American informal big wheel, kahuna, top banana, big enchilada
derogatory fat cat
2A title applied by foreigners to the shogun of Japan in power between 1857 and 1868.


Mid 19th century: from Japanese taikun 'great lord'.

  • A tycoon is now a powerful businessman, but was originally a Japanese ruler, for it comes from Japanese taikun ‘great lord’. Foreigners applied the title tycoon to the shogun, or military commander of Japan, in power between 1857 and 1868, and in the same period Americans nicknamed President Abraham Lincoln ‘the Tycoon’. The word then extended to any important or dominant person, from the 1920s especially to a business magnate.

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