tycoon

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tycoon a very wealthy or powerful businessman "an oil baron"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Oil tycoon, John D. Rockefeller, was the world's first billionaire.
    • n Tycoon The title by which the shogun, or former commander in chief of the Japanese army, was known to foreigners.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tycoon 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tycoon tī-kōōn′ the title by which the Shoguns of Japan were known to foreigners from 1854 to 1868
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Quotations

  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “They deceive themself and thus us; merchants and tycoons of the world. Evil has gone from bad to worse for a worthless reward. ”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chinese tai-kun, great prince
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Jap. taikun, great prince—Chin. ta, great, kiun, prince.

Usage

In literature:

Hay refers to him by pet name-"The Ancient," "The Old Man," "The Tycoon.
"Lincoln" by Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
Business tycoons under investigation.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
I Japanee young mans friend of Tycoon, great ruler.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 17, July 23, 1870" by Various
Calling his councillors around him, he confided to them his last will and testament for transmission to the Tycoon.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
THE TYCOON, DAIMIOS, AND ARISTOCRACY.
"Sketches of Japanese Manners and Customs" by J. M. W. Silver
From here we went to quite another quarter of the city to see what was formerly the Tycoon's palace, now used as a sort of police office.
"A Voyage in the 'Sunbeam'" by Annie Allnut Brassey
The party of the usurping Tycoon was defeated and the Shogunate abolished.
"A Short History of Russia" by Mary Platt Parmele
A neurotic son-in-law of an advertising tycoon should not be the instrument by which the discovery should come about.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Tycoons they call 'em, don't they, Mr Ching?
"Blue Jackets" by George Manville Fenn
A number of the Tycoons, or, as they are more correctly called, Shoguns, are buried in Tokio.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
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In poetry:

You'll find us a well-meaning, free-spoken crowd,
Good-natured enough, but a little too loud,--
To be sure, there is always a bit of a row
When we choose our Tycoon, and especially now.
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Telecom Italia confirms tycoon interest in stake.
ROME (AP) — Telecom Italia shares rose 6 percent after the former monopoly confirmed that an Egyptian tycoon has expressed interest in investing in the Italian company.
Jailed Chinese Investment Tycoon Returns To Billionaire Ranks.
'Tycoon'-style mobile app captures magic of classic film.
' Lovable ' tycoon contends he was strong-armed by Kilpatrick, doesn't have dementia.
Facebook Post Suggests Lynx User Can Reap Reward Offered by Outrageous Hong Kong Tycoon.
French ex-minister sues tycoon for paternity .
Tycoon McAfee in US after deportation.
When told he should run for White House, tycoon says 'I think I am going to make you very happy'.
But it's hardly only a bunch of tycoons who profit .
Tycoon and former Russian presidential hopeful Mikhail Prokhorov finished.
Frequently Bankrupt Real-Estate Tycoon Working on Intellectually Bankrupt TV Series.
Pyongyang Calling For Egyptian Telecoms Tycoon Naguib Sawiris.
Arbitrage feels like a good old 80s movie, right down to its Top Gun-ish score and power couple stars, Richard Gere as hedge fund tycoon Robert Miller and Susan Sarandon as his NYC society wife.
Rupert Murdoch, the Australia-born media tycoon, finally got his you-know-what caught in the wringer.
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