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 mechanic and Florida businessman both have been released from prison, while the Irish pilot has not been charged with a crime., "Flight plan for Failure," 13 Jan. 2021 But video posted online of the billionaire businessman’s resort, The Greenbrier, called into question whether Justice is enforcing pandemic restrictions that have curtailed other businesses. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Hank Aaron, skeptic’s mea culpa, vaccine campouts: News from around our 50 states," 6 Jan. 2021 The businessman also runs his own food and toy drive that helps families in need. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, "Young brothers give back amid success of bowtie business," 1 Jan. 2021 According to Joe Matthews for the Houston Chronicle, the businessman is full of billions, but even more full of himself. Shacamree Gowdy, Chron, "Opinion: 7 of the most disappointing events Texans endured in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 The Chad scheme included the Chinese businessman arranging a meeting with the president of Chad, Idriss Deby, and attempting to bribe the African leader with boxes filled with $2 million in cash. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Court upholds conviction of Chinese businessman linked to Hunter Biden," 29 Dec. 2020 Burkle's spokesman said the businessman saw the investment as a land banking opportunity. NBC News, "Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch sold for $22 million," 24 Dec. 2020 Fans are just now seeing more of Rebel and Jacob's relationship, even though the Pitch Perfect actress began dating the businessman long before her 2020 health transformation. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Rebel Wilson and Boyfriend Jacob Busch Showcase Serious PDA on Instagram," 21 Dec. 2020 The 62-year-old accountant and his wife, a 61-year-old assistant manager at a Christian bookstore, were impressed with how much the businessman was accomplishing. WSJ, "Abortion, Guns and Trump: A Church Group Tries to Navigate America’s Divisions," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of businessman

1803, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Businessman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 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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