1960–65; < dialectal German; compare Austrian dialect Mugel small hill

moguled, adjective Unabridged


[moh-guhl, -guhl, moh-guhl]
any of the Mongol conquerors of India who established an empire that lasted from 1526 to 1857, but held only nominal power after 1803. Compare Great Mogul.
any of their descendants.
(lowercase) an important, powerful, or influential person: a mogul of the movie industry.
a Mongol or Mongolian.
Railroads. a steam locomotive having a two-wheeled front truck, six driving wheels, and no rear truck. See table under Whyte classification.
of or pertaining to the Moguls or their empire.
Also, Moghul, Mughal (for defs 1, 2, 6).

1580–90; < Persian mughul Mongol Unabridged
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mogul1 (ˈməʊɡʌl, məʊˈɡʌl)
1.  an important or powerful person
2.  a type of steam locomotive with a wheel arrangement of two leading wheels, six driving wheels, and no trailing wheels
[C18: from Mogul]

mogul2 (ˈməʊɡəl)
a mound of hard snow on a ski slope
[C20: perhaps from South German dialect Mugl]

Mogul (ˈməʊɡʌl, məʊˈɡʌl)
1.  See Great Mogul a member of the Muslim dynasty of Indian emperors established by Baber in 1526
2.  a Muslim Indian, Mongol, or Mongolian
3.  of or relating to the Moguls or their empire
[C16: from Persian mughul Mongol]

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Word Origin & History

"powerful person," 1678, from Great Mogul, Mongol emperor of India after the conquest of 1526, from Pers. and Arabic mughal, mughul, alt. of Mongol (q.v.), the Asiatic people.

"elevation on a ski slope," 1961, probably from Scand. (cf. dial. Norw. mugje, fem. muga, "a heap, a mound"), or from southern Ger. dial. mugel in the same sense.
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Cultural Dictionary
Moguls (or Mughals) [(moh-guhlz; mooh-guhlz)]

A Muslim dynasty, originally Turkish but strongly influenced by Persia, that ruled India in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Taj Mahal is an example of Mogul influence in India.

Note: The name “mogul” is sometimes applied to a great personage or magnate. For example, the founders of the major Hollywood studios often have been called “moguls.”
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