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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In 1907, businessman and author Thomas Lawson published a novel entitled Friday, the Thirteenth about a rogue broker who chose that date to destroy the stock market. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Why Do People Think the Number 13 Is Unlucky? Let's Talk About Triskaidekaphobia," 29 Aug. 2018 So does John James, a businessman and Iraq War veteran who’s now the GOP nominee to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the only Michigan woman ever to hold the office. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "Tuesday's Primaries Lead to Historic Number of Women Nominees for Governor and Congress," 8 Aug. 2018 Asked if Schnatter, who has donated millions in the region, could be of service to the state in the future, Beshear said the businessman and the community should take time to reflect. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Papa John needs to 'look in the mirror' over N-word, Andy Beshear says," 13 July 2018 The candidates in the GOP primary include Bryan Steil, who has been endorsed by Ryan, businessman and former Green Beret Nick Polce, white nationalist candidate Paul Nehlen and former Capitol protester Jeremy Ryan. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bice: Ironworker Randy Bryce being paid undisclosed amount by Democratic firm," 11 July 2018 The presidential appointment reunites Trump with Shine, who gave the then-businessman and reality TV star copious airtime on Fox to opine on a range of subjects. Paul Farhi And Felicia Sonmez,, "Former Fox News executive Bill Shine joins Trump White House as deputy chief of staff for communications," 5 July 2018 Kugler calls Warren Buffett, the billionaire businessman and philanthropist, a patriot. Susan Page And Merdie Nganza, USA TODAY, "Poll: On the 4th, what symbolizes the best (and worst) of America? It depends whom you ask," 2 July 2018 Jordan, who served two terms in the Idaho House of Representatives, handily defeated the party's 2014 nominee for governor, A.J. Balukoff, a 72-year-old businessman and longtime Boise schools trustee. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "Democrats see a surge in interest, but can that create a 'blue wave' in red Idaho?," 30 June 2018 Seema Mehta and Phil Willon examine how Democratic rival Gavin Newsom badly beat the former L.A. mayor on his home turf, and Republican businessman John Cox trounced him for the second spot on the November ballot. Christina Bellantoni,, "Watch these congressional races in November," 11 June 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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