Origin of taipanfrom name in a language of Australia
- A powerful businessman in China or Southeast Asia.
- The head of a British trading company in colonial Hong Kong.
Origin of taipanCantonese daai6 baan1 eminent businessman, head of a firm Cantonese, daai6 big, great ( from Middle Chinese t&hhook;aj` ) ( also the source of Mandarin dà )Cantonese baan1 class ( from Middle Chinese pa&tricolon;n division, class ; see honcho . )
Origin of taipanWik-Mungkan (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) dhay-ban
From Mandarin å¤§ç (dÃ bÄn, “big shot, rich businessman").