Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wealthy and powerful businessperson or industrialist; a magnate.
  • n. Used formerly as a title for a Japanese shogun.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A wealthy and powerful business person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The title by which the shogun, or former commander in chief of the Japanese army, was known to foreigners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The title by which the shoguns of Japan were known to foreigners from the signing of the treaty negotiated in 1854 by Commodore Matthew Perry, on behalf of the United States, and Iyesada, the shogun and supposed “temporal emperor “of Japan, to the end of the shogunate in 1868, but never recognized by the Japanese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a very wealthy or powerful businessman

Etymologies

Japanese taikun, title of a shogun, of Chinese origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 大君 (たいくん, taikun), a title for the shogun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Because while the 26-year-old internet tycoon is estimated to be worth $6. 9bn, he is a paper billionaire.

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  • The media tycoon is worth £1. 3bn but he has little time for his fellow Russian oligarchs

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  • She begins to correspond with club members and, after deciding to visit them, becomes enmeshed in their lives – though a handsome American publishing tycoon is courting her back in London.

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  • Ex-record-label tycoon sold his Zomba Recordings , onetime label for Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, to BMG for $2.7 billion in 2002.

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  • The three British billionaire ex-pats are retailer Philip Green, or more exactly his wife Christina though they count as one for the purposes of our list; Clive Calder, the South African born ex-record-label tycoon who discovered Britney Spears; and currency trader turned investor Joseph Lewis.

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  • Gingrich had accepted a multimillion-dollar book advance from a Rupert Murdoch company while the media tycoon was an interested party to legislation pending in Congress.

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  • Mbalula also appeared to reject the notion of tycoon Tokyo Sexwale as a compromise candidate for the leadership.

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  • Working alongside the tycoon was a "tremendous learning experience" he said, adding that Fridman had the unique skill of making "hardly any wrong decisions".

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  • = big (gentle)man. (from Chinese) (This is possibly cheating as it might have come via Japanese)

    January 23, 2007