- a leader, especially an assertive leader; chief.
- 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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- the person in charge; the boss
- to supervise or be in charge of
C20: from Japanese han'chō group leader
Word Origin and History for honcho
1947, American English, "officer in charge," from Japanese hancho "group leader," from han "corps, squad" + cho "head, chief." Picked up by U.S. servicemen in Japan and Korea, 1947-1953.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper