Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 24, 2020 is:
mogul MOH-gul noun
1 capitalized Mogul : an Indian Muslim of or descended from one of several conquering groups of Mongol, Turkish, and Persian origin; especially : Great Mogul
2 : a great personage : magnate
“The philanthropic foundation created by the hedge fund mogul Ray Dalio is donating $50 million to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital to address health social inequalities.” — The New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020
“The Atlanta rap mogul is walking around Super Sound Studios, the recording haven he purchased last year, talking into the heel of his phone.” — Melissa Ruggieri, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 25 Sept. 2020
Did you know?
Started by Bābur, a descendant of Genghis Khan, the Muslim Mogul dynasty ruled much of India from the early 16th century to the mid-18th century. The Moguls (whose name is also spelled Moghul or Mughal) were known for their talented and powerful rulers (called “Great Moguls”), so it’s no surprise that in English the word mogul came to denote a powerful person, as in today’s familiar references to “media moguls.” Skiers might wonder if such power moguls have anything to do with the name they use for a bump in a ski run, but that hilly homonym has nothing to do with Asian Mogul dynasties. We picked up the skier’s mogul from German dialect, from a word that is probably related to the Viennese mugl, meaning “small hill.”