magnate

[mag-neyt, -nit]
noun
1.
a person of great influence, importance, or standing in a particular enterprise, field of business, etc.: a railroad magnate.
2.
a person of eminence or distinction in any field: literary magnates.
3.
a member of the former upper house in either the Polish or Hungarian parliament.

Origin:
1400–50; back formation from Middle English magnates (plural) < Late Latin magnātēs leading people, equivalent to Latin magn(us) magn- + -ātēs, plural of -ās noun suffix

magnateship, noun

magnate, magnet.
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magnate (ˈmæɡneɪt, -nɪt)
 
n
1.  a person of power and rank in any sphere, esp in industry
2.  history a great nobleman
3.  (formerly) a member of the upper chamber in certain European parliaments, as in Hungary
 
[C15: back formation from earlier magnates from Late Latin: great men, plural of magnās, from Latin magnus great]
 
'magnateship
 
n

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magnate
1430, "great man, noble, man of wealth," from L.L. magnates, pl. of magnas (gen. magnatis) "great person, nobleman," from L. magnus "great," from PIE *mag-no-, from base *meg- "great" (cf. Skt. maha-, mahat- "great," Gk. megas, fem. megale "great, large," Goth. mikils, O.E. micel "great, big, many").
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Example sentences
The television and airline magnate's latest bid to be seen as moderate, however, may have got the better of his business sense.
After that he became a real-estate magnate, a media mogul, and then prime minister.
After seeing a population boom in the late sixties, the farmland began its ascension toward industry magnate.
All things equal, the pizza magnate had a pretty good evening.
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