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honcho

[ hon-choh ]
/ ˈhɒn tʃoʊ /
Informal.
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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.
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Origin of honcho

First recorded in 1945–50; from Japanese hanchō “squad or group leader,” equivalent to han “squad” (from Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese bān “group”) + -chō “eldest, chief”

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British Dictionary definitions for honcho

honcho
/ (ˈhɒntʃəʊ) informal, mainly US /

noun plural -chos
the person in charge; the boss
verb
to supervise or be in charge of

Word Origin for honcho

C20: from Japanese han'chō group leader
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