- 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 magnates
Until recently, the Hirst Spot paintings had frequently supplied the background in newspaper photographs of magnates on the go.My Art Basel Favorites
June 18, 2009
When there were magnates in Addington, James had been a poor boy.The Prisoner
These included the Prime Minister, politicians, and magnates of commerce.The White Lie
William Le Queux
His fall, however, benefited only the magnates of the realm.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
This filled up the cup of endurance of the magnates of the city.German Culture Past and Present
Ernest Belfort Bax
The joy of the magnates was indescribable; they sank into each other's arms with tears of joy.The Daughter of an Empress
- 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 magnates
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).