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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By Karen Weintraub and Nick Anderson | The Washington Post BOSTON – A California businessman pleaded guilty here Friday in the college admission bribery scandal, the 14th parent to admit to fraud conspiracy in the past two months. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "California businessman who paid $450,000 to get kids into USC pleads guilty," 21 June 2019 According to Meillet, a Turkish businessman accounted for half of the $90 million stolen while the Aga Khan was taken for more than $20 million. Washington Post, "How scammers used a silicone mask and Skype to impersonate a French minister and steal $90 million," 21 June 2019 There, the most decorated male player in U.S. soccer history had lunch with a businessman who’d spent most of his sports career in minor league baseball. Brian Straus,, "Landon Donovan, Warren Smith Team to Bring USL to San Diego," 19 June 2019 Chris Li, a Chinese-American businessman who worked with Singer on a plan to help Chinese students make the cultural transition to American universities, declined to comment. Gregory Korte, USA Today, "The rise of Rick Singer: How the mastermind of college admissions scandal built an empire on lies, exploited a broken system," 19 June 2019 King did not end up testifying against Bemer, a Glastonbury businessman who was convicted of being an accessory to human trafficking and four counts of patronizing a trafficked person. David Owens,, "Leader of Danbury-based sex trafficking ring sentenced to 4½ years in prison," 19 June 2019 Menery and Kearney had been invited to the Masters by a Lebanese businessman named Ahmed Tayeb. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The price of some foods could skyrocket, a Chicago businessman is warning, if President Trump follows through with his threat to impose new tariffs on all Mexican imports. CBS News, "Every single American will feel the effect of Mexico tariffs, produce supplier warns," 7 June 2019 Her mother was the sixth concubine to a wealthy businessman who abandoned them and her younger brother when Wu was a child. Quanta Magazine, "Three Major Physics Discoveries and Counting," 18 July 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 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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