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.

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  • 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.

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  • n. a very wealthy or powerful businessman


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

Japanese taikun, title of a shogun, of Chinese origin.

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From Japanese 大君 (たいくん, taikun), a title for the shogun.


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

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