busi·​ness·​man ˈbiz-nəs-ˌman How to pronounce businessman (audio)
: a man who transacts business
especially : a business executive

Examples of businessman in a Sentence

I know it's hard for him to sell his paintings. He's always been a better artist than businessman.
Recent Examples on the Web Kiss says the founder of the Budapest Retro Museum, Ákos Horváth, a graphic artist and businessman, created the project because no other museums in Budapest covered day-to-day life during communism. Alice Popovici, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Apr. 2024 Photo : Public Domain Mercedes was named for a racing driver’s daughter Emil Jellinek was an Austrian businessman who built a profitable business distributing early Daimler automobiles to high-society customers. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2024 There are also political newcomers like Richmond businessman Jamison Carrier and Darin Childress. Brittany Carloni, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Apr. 2024 Menendez was indicted in September on charges alleging he and his wife, Nadine, accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bribes while using his power and influence to enrich and protect three New Jersey businessmen and benefit the government of Egypt. Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 16 Apr. 2024 Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, former Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels and Franklin businessman Scott Mayer, who recently opted out of a Senate run this year. Lawrence Andrea, Journal Sentinel, 16 Apr. 2024 Grace Kelley, the 27-year-old daughter of country singer Wynonna Judd and her businessman ex-husband, Arch Kelley III, has been charged with soliciting prostitution, indecent exposure and obstructing government operations after an April 5 arrest in Elmore County, Ala., sheriff’s records confirm. Christie D’zurilla, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 While trying to engage in back-channel conversations with the Comte de Vergennes (Thibault de Montalembert), France’s foreign minister, Franklin parlays his connections to take up residence in the guest house of a businessman, Chaumont (Olivier Claveries). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Apr. 2024 In other fine acting turns, Garza switches deftly from the chief of staff’s ranting to the gentleness of Whaley, an Ojibwe businessman. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of businessman was in 1803

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“Businessman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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busi·​ness·​man ˈbiz-nə-ˌsman How to pronounce businessman (audio)
: a man in business especially as an owner or manager
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