Origin of magnateMiddle English from Late Latin magnas (pl. magnates), great man from Classical Latin magnus, great: see magni-
William Randolph Hearst is an example of a newspaper magnate.
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.
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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
- Dionysus, being set up against him (145) by Tryphon, a magnate of the kingdom.
- EDWARD HENRY HARRIMAN (1848-1909), American financier and railroad magnate, son of the Rev. Orlando Harriman, rector of St George's Episcopal church, Hempstead, L.I., was born at Hempstead on the 25th of February 1848.
- One of his most celebrated pieces was Zofjowka, written on the country seat of Felix Potocki, a Polish magnate, for this was the age of descriptive as well as didactic poetry.
- Under the Old Kingdom the attendance on and services for a dead magnate - the sacrifices and libations at his tomb - were left, together with endowments, to a staff of priests, called "servants of the ko(ka)," whose offices were hereditary.
- Hence the favourite expedient for men of birth, although not of fortune, was to attach themselves to some prince or magnate in whose military service they were sure of an adequate maintenance and might hope for even a rich reward in the shape of booty or of ransom.'