Mag"nate (?), [F. magnat, L. (pl.) magnates, magnati, fr. magnus great. See Master.]

1.

A person of rank; a noble or grandee; a person of influence or distinction in any sphere.

<-- used mostly of prominent business executives; an industrial magnate -->

Macaulay.

2.

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.

 

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