Definition of honcho noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhɒntʃəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhɑːntʃoʊ//
(pl. honchos) (informal, especially North American English)
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the person who is in charge synonym boss Claude is the studio's head honcho. Word Origin1940s: from Japanese hanchō ‘group leader’, a term brought back to the US by servicemen stationed in Japan during the occupation following the Second World War.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: honcho