from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A powerful or influential person, especially in business or industry: an oil magnate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Metal object with flux.
- n. Powerful industrialist; captain of industry.
- n. A person of rank, influence or distinction in any sphere.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A person of rank; a noble or grandee; a person of influence or distinction in any sphere; -- used mostly of prominent business executives.
- One of the nobility, or certain high officers of state belonging to the noble estate in the national representation of Hungary, and formerly of Poland.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person of rank; a noble or grandee; a person of note or distinction in any sphere: as, a railroad magnate.
- n. Specifically
- n. One of the members of the upper house of the Diet of Hungary, called the House (or Table) of Magnates. It comprises certain hereditary peers, high state dignitaries and ecclesiastics, life peers, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a very wealthy or powerful businessman
From Middle English magnates, magnates, from Late Latin magnātēs, pl. of magnās, magnate, from Latin magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin magnum ("great") (Wiktionary)