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.

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Area businessman Joseph Holliday began to invite Democratic candidates to give campaign speeches from his Galivants Ferry store, standing on a tree stump to be seen above the crowd., "McCabe lawyers say attacks make fair trial impossible," 17 Sep. 2019 Hustlers debuted in theaters last Friday, and stars Lopez as Ramona Vega, a veteran stripper who leads other strippers in New York City to steal money from businessmen who visit the club by drugging them. Eric Todisco,, "Jennifer Lopez Tries — and Fails — to Prank Ellen DeGeneres," 16 Sep. 2019 The Hess Collection, on the steep slopes of Mount Veeder in the Napa Valley, was assembled by the Swiss wine producer and businessman Donald M. Hess. Patricia Leigh Brown, New York Times, "A Light Safari in Wine Country," 15 Sep. 2019 Gass is a legend in the design community here, the maker of many interesting sites himself and a collaborator, decades ago, with I.M. Pei when the international icon came to Denver to create built wonders for businessman Willam Zeckendorf. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Peek into a former sanatorium, French Gothic cathedral and more landmarks at Doors Open Denver," 15 Sep. 2019 As detailed in a criminal complaint, Atlanta businessman Robert McNeil Jr. and boat Capt. Mario Ariza,, "Businessman accused of smuggling a dozen Chinese nationals," 13 Sep. 2019 When an enigmatic businessman from Pakistan shows up seeking revenge, Neil must confront the consequences of his actions. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Ekrem Imamoglu, the opposition politician the government robbed of victory in the Istanbul mayoral race back in March, pointedly called on artists and businessmen to break their silence before the re-run. The Economist, "The Turkish rappers who rib the regime," 12 Sep. 2019 The days that followed passed in an agonizing blur for the musician, pilot, and businessman. Fox News, "Man who lost wife in 9/11 recalls fight to help survivors and victims in her honor," 11 Sep. 2019

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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 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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