[ 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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British Dictionary definitions for honcho
/ (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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