[ hon-choh ]
/ ˈhɒn tʃoʊ /

noun, plural hon·chos.

a leader, especially an assertive leader; chief.

verb (used with object)

to organize, supervise, or be the leader of: She volunteered to honcho the new project.

Origin of honcho

1945–50; < Japanese hanchō squad or group leader, equivalent to han squad (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān) + -chō eldest, chief (< Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhǎng)
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/ (ˈhɒntʃəʊ) informal, mainly US /

noun plural -chos

the person in charge; the boss


to supervise or be in charge of

Word Origin for honcho

C20: from Japanese han'chō group leader
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