[ mag-neyt, -nit ]
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  1. a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.: a railroad magnate.

  2. a person of eminence or distinction in any field: literary magnates.

  1. a member of the former upper house in either the Polish or Hungarian parliament.

Origin of magnate

1400–50; back formation from Middle English magnates (plural) <Late Latin magnātēs leading people, equivalent to Latin magn(us) magn- + -ātēs, plural of -ās noun suffix

Other words from magnate

  • mag·nate·ship, noun

Words that may be confused with magnate

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British Dictionary definitions for magnate


/ (ˈmæɡneɪt, -nɪt) /

  1. a person of power and rank in any sphere, esp in industry

  2. history a great nobleman

  1. (formerly) a member of the upper chamber in certain European parliaments, as in Hungary

Origin of magnate

C15: back formation from earlier magnates from Late Latin: great men, plural of magnās, from Latin magnus great

Derived forms of magnate

  • magnateship, noun

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