Definition of "taipan" [taipan]

  • A foreign businessman or a trader in China. (noun)
  • A foreigner who is a chief executive of a business or company operating in China; a tycoon. (noun)
  • A large, extremely venomous elapid snake (Oxyuranus scutellatus) of Australia and New Guinea, having long fangs and large venom glands. (noun)

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Use "taipan" in a sentence
  • "Indonesia: aulia: A maid who arrived in Surabaya from Taiwan is the 1st suspected Indonesian swine flu carrier according to #metrotv (via @wolwol) fujitasenpai: RT @BrandingComm: Rebranding Idea: instead of “Swine Flu” how about “Hamdemic”, “Aporkalypse” or “Snoutbreak”? antonnyliem: [email protected] taipan."
  • "Heir apparent to Chinese-Filipino taipan John Gokongwei and the driving force behind the rapid expansion of Cebu Pacific, Lance Gokongwei is causing a big splash in the Philippines and across Southeast Asia as he secures more and more routes for the low-cost carrier."
  • "Dubbed the "brown taipan," he stands out as an ethnic Filipino tycoon."