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 Encinitas businessman is one of the biggest marijuana entrepreneurs in western New York and has been sued more than a dozen times for breach of contract and other claims, records show. Jeff Mcdonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2022 The businessman who sold the card had bought it for $50,000 in 1991. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 The businessman attended the University of Pennsylvania. Caitlyn Hitt, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 It was recently announced that the savvy businessman launched Hart House, a healthy fast food brand that will open its first location in LA. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 1 Sep. 2022 The businessman and his family lived through Hurricane Katrina 17 years ago and recalled going without water, the Sun Herald reported. Ashley R. Williams, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2022 The billionaire businessman’s ability to self-finance remains a potent X-factor in the race. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2022 The team was sold to the businessman Steve Ballmer in August 2014. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 26 Aug. 2022 According to court documents, during his last meeting with Alford, Don Gaetz wore a wire, capturing the businessman’s promises. María Luisa Paúl, Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of businessman

1803, in the meaning defined above

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17 Sep 2022

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“Businessman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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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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