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 magnateMiddle English magnates magnates, high officials (attested only in pl.) perhaps from Late Latin magnātēs pl. of magnās great man or from Late Latin magnātus great man both 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.
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