[moh-guh l]

Origin of mogul

1960–65; < dialectal German; compare Austrian dialect Mugel small hill
Related formsmo·guled, adjective


[moh-guh l, -guhl, moh-guhl]
  1. any of the Mongol conquerors of India who established an empire that lasted from 1526 to 1857, but held only nominal power after 1803.See also Great Mogul.
  2. any of their descendants.
  3. (lowercase) an important, powerful, or influential person: a mogul of the movie industry.
  4. a Mongol or Mongolian.
  5. Railroads. a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and no rear truck.
  1. of or relating to the Moguls or their empire.
Also Mo·ghul, Mu·ghal (for defs 1, 2, 6).

Origin of Mogul

1580–90; < Persian mughul Mongol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for moguls


  1. an important or powerful person
  2. a type of steam locomotive with a wheel arrangement of two leading wheels, six driving wheels, and no trailing wheels

Word Origin for mogul

C18: from Mogul


  1. a mound of hard snow on a ski slope

Word Origin for mogul

C20: perhaps from South German dialect Mugl


  1. a member of the Muslim dynasty of Indian emperors established by Baber in 1526See Great Mogul
  2. a Muslim Indian, Mongol, or Mongolian
  1. of or relating to the Moguls or their empire

Word Origin for Mogul

C16: from Persian mughul Mongol
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Word Origin and History for moguls



"powerful person," 1670s, from Great Mogul, Mongol emperor of India after the conquest of 1520s, from Persian and Arabic mughal, mughul, alteration of Mongol (q.v.), the Asiatic people.



"elevation on a ski slope," 1961, probably [Barnhart] from Scandinavian (cf. dialectal Norwegian mugje, fem. muga, "a heap, a mound"), or [OED] from southern German dialect mugel in the same sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

moguls in Culture


[(moh-guhlz; mooh-guhlz)]

A Muslim dynasty, originally Turkish but strongly influenced by Persia, that ruled India in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Taj Mahal is an example of Mogul influence in India.


The name “mogul” is sometimes applied to a great personage or magnate. For example, the founders of the major Hollywood studios often have been called “moguls.”
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