Honcho meaning

hŏnchō
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A person who is in charge; a manager or leader.
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To direct or manage.
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(slang) A person in charge; leader; chief.
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Origin of honcho

  • Japanese hanchō squad leader han squad (from Middle Chinese paːn division, class) (also the source of Mandarin bān) chō chief (from Middle Chinese triaŋ´) (also the source of Mandarin zhǎng)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Japanese 班長 (はんちょう, hanchō, “squad leader”), from 19th c. Mandarin bānzhǎng 班長 "team leader". Probably entered English during World War II: many apocryphal stories describe American soldiers hearing Japanese prisoners-of-war refer to their lieutenants as "hanchō".

    From Wiktionary