honcho definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. honchos
☆ Slang a person in charge; leader; chief
Origin: ; from Japanese hanchō, squad leader
honcho definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Slangnoun pl. hon·chos
One who is in charge; a manager or leader: “Now that Hollywood honchos have discovered the verdant beachfront villages, the stores have grown in scope and sophistication” (David Field).transitive verb hon·choed, hon·cho·ing, hon·chos
To direct or manage: “He . . . is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming . . . economic summit” (Newsweek).
Origin: Japanese hanchō, squad leader : han, squad (from Middle Chinese pa·n, arrangement, class) + chō, chief (from Middle Chinese trɨaᶇ).