Definition of magnate in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmaɡneɪt


A wealthy and influential businessman or businesswoman: a property 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.
industrialist, tycoon, mogul, captain of industry, baron, lord, king, proprietor, entrepreneur, merchant prince, financier, top executive;
chief, leader, VIP, notable, magnifico, nabob, grandee, noble, prelate
informal big shot, bigwig, honcho
North American informal big wheel
derogatory fat cat


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

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