Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to taipan: black mamba

tai·pan 1

1. A powerful businessman in China or Southeast Asia.
2. The head of a British trading company in colonial Hong Kong.

[Cantonese daai6 baan1, eminent businessman, head of a firm, Cantonese, daai6, big, great (from Middle Chinese tɦaj`; also the source of Mandarin ), Cantonese baan1, class (from Middle Chinese pa⋮n, division, class; see honcho).]

tai·pan 2

Any of several large brown venomous elapid snakes of the genus Oxyuranus of Australia and New Guinea, especially O. scutellatus.

[Wik-Mungkan (Pama-Nyungan language of northeast Australia) dhay-ban.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(Animals) a large highly venomous elapid snake, Oxyuranus scutellatus, of NE Australia
[C20: from a native Australian language]


(Commerce) the foreign head of a business in China
[C19: from dialectal form of Chinese tai great + ban company, class]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(ˈtaɪ pæn)

(in China) the head of a foreign business.
[1825–35; < Chinese (Guangdong dial.) daaih-bāan, akin to Chinese dàbǎn= great + bǎn company, class]


(ˈtaɪ pæn)

a large, highly venomous elapid snake, Oxyuranus scutellatus, of New Guinea and N Australia.
[1930–35; < Wik-Munkan (Australian Aboriginal language), recorded as tay-pan]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.taipan - large highly venomous snake of northeastern Australia
elapid, elapid snake - any of numerous venomous fanged snakes of warmer parts of both hemispheres
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Calligraphist and Baybayin advocate Ian "Taipan" Lucero shares how Baybayin works on GBoard.
As the first and premier real estate development of Grand Taipan, Verano Greenhills will soon rise among San Juan City's select skyscrapers.
From its successful holding of national summit last year, Taipan National Business Summit rolls back with a lot more to offer on May 29, 2019 at 9 a.m.
Legal issues caused the delay of the opening of the mall, owned by the city-based Taipan Development Inc.
Tai, cofounder and president of Grand Taipan Inc., said his interest in real estate became stronger as he mingled on a regular basis with real-estate agents 'while observing them in their marketing and promotional routines.'
The most toxic venom of any land snake is found in Australia's inland taipan.
A list of Australia's most dangerous snakes reads: eastern brown, western brown, mainland tiger, inland taipan, coastal taipan, mulga, lowlands copperhead and the small-eyed snake.
Curtain Time is supported by one of the strongest families of recent times as a son of Alidiva, who pulled off the remarkable feat of producing three Group 1 winners - Sleepytime, Ali-Royal and Taipan - in 1997.
A TEENAGE boy is critically ill in an Australian hospital after being bitten by the world's most venomous snake, the inland taipan.
Sydney, Sept 27 ( ANI ): A teenage boy has miraculously survived a bite by the world's most venomous snake, inland taipan, in Kurri Kurri, near Maitland.
Summary: An Australian teenager is in a critical condition after he was bitten by an inland taipan, one of the world's most venomous snakes.