honcho n : a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman" [syn: foreman, chief, gaffer, boss]
EtymologyFrom Japanese 班長 (はんちょう, hanchō), group leader, probably via American English.
- 1983: Max Von Sidewinder is back to play Spectre's head honcho, only now we see his face! — net.movies, 7 Nov 1983
- 2001: Gulfstream makes jets for both Hollywood honchos and foreign governments like Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. — Michael Moore, Stupid White Men, 2001, p.22