a person of great wealth, influence, or power; magnate: a business tycoon; a political tycoon.
(often initial capital letter) a title used with reference to the shogun of Japan.
Origin of tycoon
1855–60; < Japanese taikun < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese dà great + jūn prince
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Related Words for tycoonmagnate
British Dictionary definitions for tycoon
a business man of great wealth and power
Word Origin for tycoon
C19: from Japanese taikun, from Chinese ta great + chün ruler
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Word Origin and History for tycoon
1857, title given by foreigners to the shogun of Japan (said to have been used by his supporters when addressing foreigners, as an attempt to convey that the shogun was more important than the emperor), from Japanese taikun "great lord or prince," from Chinese tai "great" + kiun "lord." Transferred meaning "important person" is attested from 1861, in reference to U.S. president Abraham Lincoln (in Hay's diary); specific application to "businessman" is post-World War I.
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Someone who has made a fortune in business, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt.
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