⌂ Slang a person in charge; leader; chief
Origin of honcho; from Japanese hanch?, squad leader
A person 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 verbhon·choed, hon·cho·ing, hon·chos
To direct or manage: “He &ellipsis; is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming &ellipsis; economic summit” (Newsweek).
Origin of honchoJapanese hanchō, squad leader : han, squad (from Middle Chinese pa&tricolon;n, division, class; also the source of Mandarin bān) + chō, chief (from Middle Chinese tria&njlig;´; also the source of Mandarin zh&acaron;ng).