North American • informal
noun (plural honchos)
- A leader or manager; the person in charge: the company’s head honcho in the USMore example sentences
- 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] Back to top
- Be in charge of (a project or situation): the task at hand was to honcho an eighteen-wheeler to St. LouisMore example sentences
- 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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