Magnate meaning

măgnāt, -nĭt
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A powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry.

An oil magnate.

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A very important and influential person in business or industry.
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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.

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Powerful industrialist; captain of industry.
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A person of rank, influence or distinction in any sphere.
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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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of magnate

  • From Middle English magnates magnates from Late Latin magnātēs pl. of magnās magnate from Latin magnus great meg- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin magnum (“great")

    From Wiktionary