- (HON-choh) [Japanese, from Chinese] In slang, a chief, boss, or assertive leader.Movie-studio honchos . . . went mum last week when asked to comment on any connection between violent movies and violent teen behavior. —Time, May 3, 1999.
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honcho — hon‧cho [ˈhɒntʆəʊ ǁ ˈhɑːntʆoʊ] noun [countable] JOURNALISM someone who has the top position in an organization, or one of the top positions: • The company s new head honcho has big changes in mind. * * * honcho UK US /ˈhɒntʃəʊ/ noun [C] INFORMAL… … Financial and business terms
honcho — 1947, Amer.Eng. officer in charge, from Japanese hancho group leader, from han corps, squad + cho head, chief. Picked up by U.S. servicemen in Japan and Korea, 1947 1953 … Etymology dictionary
honcho — informal ► NOUN (pl. honchos) ▪ a leader. ► VERB (honchoes, honchoed) N. Amer. ▪ be in charge of. ORIGIN Japanese, group leader … English terms dictionary
honcho — ☆ ☆ honcho [hän′chō] n. pl. honchos [< Jpn hanchō, squad leader ] Slang a person in charge; leader; chief vt. honchoed, honchoing Slang to take charge of; act as leader of … English World dictionary
Honcho — Slang term describing the leader, manager, chief or person in charge of an organization or a project. The CEO of a company could be referred to as the honcho or head honcho. This is a person who is or acts like a leader. A person acting as a… … Investment dictionary
honcho — [“hantfo] 1. n. the head man; the boss. (Useable for either sex.) □ The marketing honcho couldn’t say when the product would be on the shelves. □ The top honcho at the water department was no help at all. 2. tv. to manage or boss something. □… … Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions
honcho — UK [ˈhɒntʃəʊ] / US [ˈhɑntʃoʊ] noun [countable] Word forms honcho : singular honcho plural honchos informal the person in charge of an organization or project … English dictionary
honcho — /hon choh/, n., pl. honchos, v. Slang. n. 1. a leader, esp. an assertive leader; chief. v.t. 2. to organize, supervise, or be the leader of: She volunteered to honcho the new project. [1945 50; < Japn hancho squad or group leader, equiv. to han… … Universalium
honcho — hon|cho [ˈhɔntʃəu US ˈha:ntʃou] n plural honchos informal [Date: 1900 2000; : Japanese; Origin: hancho group leader ] an important person who controls something, especially a business = ↑boss ▪ the head honcho … Dictionary of contemporary English
honcho — I n An important person. The honcho says that we are going to have to give up two days of our vacation. 1990s II n The boss, commanding officer. Who is the head honchoaround here? 1940s … Historical dictionary of American slang
honcho — n a boss, an important person. This word from American English of the late 1950s is not, as is often supposed, Hispanic in origin, but from the Japanese hancho meaning squad leader; the term was adopted by Americans during the Korean War. It is… … Contemporary slang