Definition of tycoon in English:
- 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.
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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