busi·ness·man | \ -ˌman , -mən \

Definition of businessman 

: 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.

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He is being primaried by Branford businessman Dominic Rapini. Neil Vigdor,, "College Suitemates: Chris Murphy And Walker Stapleton, GOP Nominee For Colorado Governor," 29 June 2018 In other races, Rep. John Curtis, a freshman Republican who won a special election last year to replace Jason Chaffetz, is being challenged by businessman Christopher Herrod. Herb Jackson, USA TODAY, "Primaries 2018: Can Grimm go from prison to Congress? Will Oklahoma OK pot?," 22 June 2018 When necessary, the city uses a nearby flag depository, donated by local businessman Freddie Belton. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Tavares' Freedom Flag at roundabout a high-flying symbol on Flag Day," 11 June 2018 Leading Ferrari historian Marcel Massini, who described the car as one of the top three or four GTOs in the world, confirmed it had been bought by an American businessman. Fox News, "Classic 1963 Ferrari 250 GTO sold for record $70 million," 1 June 2018 Most notably, Tilley and his lobbying firm represent Sterling Bank, which is owned by businessmen with interests in low-income housing developments. Jason Hancock, Bryan Lowry And Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "Who is Missouri’s next governor? Mike Parson, in many ways Greitens’ polar opposite," 29 May 2018 The event was put together by Medina businessman Bill Biegel and was named in honor of his father, Raymond Biegel. Alyssa Alfano,, "Raymond Biegel Memorial Tournament raises funds for Medina County Special Olympians," 15 May 2018 The 1998 Alameda County ordinance was challenged by three businessmen who wanted to open a gun shop in an unincorporated area near San Leandro, 446 feet away from the nearest home on the other side of Interstate 880. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Supreme Court leaves Alameda County’s gun store ordinance standing," 15 May 2018 Investors who lost millions in a Ponzi scheme operated by the late Charlotte businessman Rick Siskey appear to be closer to getting some of their money back. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Siskey Ponzi victims have waited months to get their money. Help may be on the way. | Charlotte Observer," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of businessman

1803, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of businessman

: a man who works in business especially in a high position

: a man who is good at dealing with business and financial matters


busi·ness·man | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌman \
plural businessmen\-ˌmen \

Kids Definition of businessman

: a man in business especially as an owner or a manager

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