busi·​ness·​man | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌman How to pronounce businessman (audio) , -nəz-, -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.
Recent Examples on the Web The letter also accidentally disclosed that prosecutors in 2019 sought the electronic messages of two ex-Ukrainian government officials and a Ukrainian businessman in its probe of Giuliani's dealings in that country. Larry Neumeister, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 At a time when India is dealing with a deadly second wave of Covid-19, a businessman from the southern state of Tamil Nadu booked a chartered flight for two hours to tie the knot mid-air and avoid gathering restrictions. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 25 May 2021 Pramod Pathak, a businessman in the border district of Kailali, has watched in anxiety and sorrow as migrant workers returned from India. New York Times, 13 May 2021 There was missing money in the Philippines and a shady businessman in Singapore. Adrian Daub, The New Republic, 21 Apr. 2021 In 2011, when foreclosures and fire sales were common, the owners defaulted and the estate was sold by Olympic Coast Investment for $1.9 million to a businessman from San Juan Capistrano, California. oregonlive, 11 Apr. 2021 Safadi accused Awadallah, now a prominent businessman in the Gulf, of handling the contacts with foreigners. Time, 5 Apr. 2021 Villagers are sometimes caught in the middle when pirates and security forces face off, according to Princewill Solebo, a businessman in the bustling city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Shola Lawal, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Mar. 2021 One Western businessman in Yangon said some of his employees regularly attend them during working hours. Jon Emont, WSJ, 21 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of businessman

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Businessman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce businessman (audio) \
plural businessmen\ -​ˌmen \

Kids Definition of businessman

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


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