Etymology
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honcho (n.)

1947, American English, "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.

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Definitions of honcho

honcho (n.)
a person who exercises control over workers;
Synonyms: foreman / chief / gaffer / boss
From wordnet.princeton.edu