- 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 Webster'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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.