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

 

honcho

 noun
noun
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 Origin 1940s: 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