- a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.: a railroad magnate.
- a person of eminence or distinction in any field: literary magnates.
- a member of the former upper house in either the Polish or Hungarian parliament.
Origin of magnate
Examples from the Web for magnate
He gained infamy (and a Lifetime movie) for pretending to be a magnate's heir.Fake Rockefeller, Real Murder: The Case of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter
March 19, 2013
In 2006, the Left Front government invited the magnate Ratan Tata to set up his Nano factory at Singur.Mamata Banerjee, India's Political Superwoman
May 18, 2011
What brought Stephanie Seymour and her magnate husband, Peter Brant, back together after an ugly divorce battle?A Supermodel's Shocking Reunion
September 22, 2010
Then, as a new thought came to the magnate, he spoke with a trace of anxiety.
Then he dropped to a seat on the couch, and proceeded to make his confidences to the magnate.
The magnate, red-faced and angry, returned with him to the station.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
The boy grinned bashfully and opined the magnate just mentioned was "all right."Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
He was dressed like a magnate who was also a person of taste.The Market-Place
- a person of power and rank in any sphere, esp in industry
- history a great nobleman
- (formerly) a member of the upper chamber in certain European parliaments, as in Hungary
Word Origin and History for magnate
mid-15c., "great man, noble, man of wealth," from Late Latin magnates, plural of magnas "great person, nobleman," from Latin magnus "great, large, big" (of size), "abundant" (of quantity), "great, considerable" (of value), "strong, powerful" (of force); of persons, "elder, aged," also, figuratively, "great, mighty, grand, important," from PIE *mag-no-, from root *meg- "great" (cf. Sanskrit maha-, mahat- "great;" Greek megas, fem. megale "great, large;" Gothic mikils, Old English micel "great, big, many;" see mickle).