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tycoon

[ tahy-koon ]
/ taɪˈkun /
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noun

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.

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Origin of tycoon

1855–60; <Japanese taikun<Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese great + jūn prince

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British Dictionary definitions for tycoon

tycoon
/ (taɪˈkuːn) /

noun

a business man of great wealth and power
an archaic name for a shogun

Word Origin for tycoon

C19: from Japanese taikun, from Chinese ta great + chün ruler
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for tycoon

tycoon

Someone who has made a fortune in business, such as Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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