American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is in charge; a manager or leader: "Now that Hollywood honchos have discovered the verdant beachfront villages, the stores have grown in scope and sophistication” ( David Field).
- v. To direct or manage: "He . . . is honchoing preparations for the forthcoming . . . economic summit” ( Newsweek).
- n. a person who exercises control over workers
- From Japanese 班長 (はんちょう, hanchō, "squad leader"), probably via American English. Apocryphal stories abound regarding American soldiers hearing Japanese POW's refer to their lieutenants by this phrase during World War II. (Wiktionary)
- Japanese hanchō, squad leader : han, squad (from Middle Chinese pa·n, arrangement, class) + chō, chief (from Middle Chinese trinodotst.gifaŋ). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Barsuk, the label honcho dude, if he knew of anything.”
“Acclaiming this document, Lord Sugar, who remains on work experience in the Lords after some sort of Labour internship, asked why the coalition does not "bring in some kind of head honcho from the private sector who knows what they are doing and pay them the right amount of money, which they would be paid in a large organisation".”
“A rather dismal Baen collection of short stories about a village in post-Holocaust Ireland where the head honcho is the only fertile man left in the world, and has to grapple with the awful responsibilities of impregnating the local women.”
“Mr Musk also happens to be the main honcho at SpaceX.”
“HAMMER (voice-over): The idea for the album came from old friend, legendary music producer and record label honcho Clive Davis.”
“I think [the soundtrack] is going to do better than most because the Taylor engine is so powerful," label honcho Jason Linn says.”
“Out of This Spark label honcho and show promoter cbc. ca / arts reporter Sarah Liss.”
“The Letterman gig, which sees An Horse follow in the footsteps of local luminaries like Powderfinger, the Living End and Wolfmother, is a "major opportunity", the band's local label honcho Paul Curtis says.”
“The Mayapples are label honcho Matt Ellis's band, and what I've heard by 'em has been pretty interesting,”
“A soundtrack featuring the likes of Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays, cameos from Howard Devoto, and Steve Coogan's hilarious portrayal of the infinitely complex label honcho Tony Wilson make”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘honcho’.
All these terms have a (different) American English equivalent. Wonder if you can identify them?
Words only (I left out the expressions) from Geza Kerenyi's EN-HU interpreters' dictionary. Most of them pose some difficulty when interpreted between HU and EN in either or both directions.
COLLECT FROM DIFFERENT PAPERS,WEBSITES,BOOKS AND MOVIES.
Words as I learn them.
About leaders, particularly the authority-figure at the top of the tree.
Japanese and Japanese-derived words that have gained use in English.
Looking for tweets for honcho.