- The definition of a magnate is someone who is influential and powerful in a specific field.
William Randolph Hearst is an example of a newspaper magnate.
Origin of magnateMiddle English ; from Late Latin magnas (pl. magnates), great man ; from Classical Latin magnus, great: see magni-
Origin of magnateFrom Middle English magnates, magnates, from Late Latin magnātēs, pl. of magnās, magnate, from Latin magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
- Metal object with flux.
- Powerful industrialist; captain of industry.
- A person of rank, influence or distinction in any sphere.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Websterâ€™s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.