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 focal point of Wednesday’s public hearings will be testimony from Gordon Sondland, the Portland businessman turned diplomat, who is the ambassador to the European Union. oregonlive, "Trump impeachment inquiry hearings: What time, which TV channels, how to stream," 20 Nov. 2019 Prosecutors appeared to have misunderstood that AIF was working with Britain's financial intelligence unit to try to catch the businessmen who were fleecing the Holy See in the real estate deal. Nicole Winfield, Fortune, "Pope Replaces Financial Watchdog Head Amid Continuing Fallout After Vatican Police Raid," 18 Nov. 2019 After the company spent 1 million in research, the businessman halted production saying it’s too much. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "A lesson in steam and electric cars from 1900 to now on exhibit at the Cleveland History Center," 8 Nov. 2019 The former businessman has now apparently decided 2020 may be the right time because, in his view, the current crop of Democratic contenders don’t have a winning message against President Trump. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Michael Bloomberg preparing for presidential run with spot in Alabama Democratic primary," 7 Nov. 2019 The businessman was found dead of a suspected overdose in his Trump Tower apartment in August 2018. Dave Quinn,, "Bethenny Frankel's Boyfriend Wishes Her a Happy Birthday: 'I'm So Lucky to Have You in My Life'," 4 Nov. 2019 The millionaire businessman had been stabbed 48 times. Lisa Freed, CBS News, ""We're not done here": Wife's words to nanny becomes key in murder trial two decades later," 25 Oct. 2019 Court records show that back in 2002, the South Florida businessman found trouble over his company’s basketball season tickets. Skyler Swisher,, "Indicted South Florida Giuliani associate was once sued for not paying for Miami Heat season tickets," 17 Oct. 2019 The former California wine businessman appeared in court in Boston Friday after pleading guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. Fox News, "Fifth parent receives sentence in college admissions scandal and it's the stiffest one yet," 5 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of businessman

1803, in the meaning defined above

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“Businessman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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