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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Independent voters are supporting the lieutenant governor by a 4-3 margin over the Republican businessman. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Newsom, Feinstein continue to lead in poll; gas-tax repeal ahead with three-state measure trailing," 28 June 2018 That same year Selena also went on a few dates with Italian businessman Tommy Chiabra, the owner of a luxury yacht company. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Selena Gomez's Love Life," 4 Apr. 2019 Investors have also expressed concern over an unprecedented anti-corruption sweep launched by the prince in 2017 that targeted senior royals, leading businessmen and officials. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi Arabia showcases $53B in deals at conference," 28 Jan. 2019 The Chinese have identified friends of both men and others among the president’s regulars, and are now relying on Chinese businessmen and others with ties to Beijing to feed arguments to the friends of the Trump friends. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Chinese and Russian spies may be listening in on Trump’s cellphone calls," 25 Oct. 2018 Luckily for Cheung, Boston businessman and philanthropist Jack Connors was also on the boat. J.d. Capelouto,, "He got on the wrong boat to Provincetown, so Jack Connors bailed him out with a plane ticket," 13 July 2018 Last year, against the advice of nearly every housewife (in the world, not just on the show), Luann married businessman Tom D’Agostino and thus gave up her official countess title. Beth Spotswood,, "‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps is a cabaret queen at the Nikko," 26 June 2018 Others who have apparently been made diplomats by the CAR include an Israeli businessman and an adviser to Libya’s former dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. The Economist, "Boris Becker, African diplomat," 21 June 2018 So why would the owner, who is a businessman, want to buy, say, a more efficient refrigerator? Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "My Patent Story: A Smarter Electrical Metering System Than the Utilities Had," 21 Feb. 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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