plural noun

busi·​ness·​peo·​ple ˈbiz-nəs-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce businesspeople (audio)
: persons active in business

Examples of businesspeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo: jane rosenberg/Reuters A classic Beltway trick is to use particular offenses perpetrated by some businesspeople as justification for expanding regulatory authority over all businesspeople. James Freeman, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 Over the years, Li sought to reassure businesspeople and investors of the resilience of the Chinese economy. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Savvy businesspeople soon brought live caimans stateside. Freda Kreier, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 The press in Singapore tracks the movements of prominent Chinese businesspeople, including Zhang Yiming, the founder of TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance; and Liang Xinjun, a founder of Fosun, the conglomerate that was pressured to sell off key assets. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023 Corporate success is primarily performance-based, so businesspeople don’t need fancy degrees to get ahead, said Brian Chabowski, chair of management, marketing, and international business at the University of Tulsa. Rachel Shin, Fortune, 14 June 2023 Ray, who grew up nearby and lives downtown, has money on her mind too — specifically how politicians in Washington can help her and other small businesspeople in this section of L.A. revive its commercial hubs. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, 7 Oct. 2023 Lawyers, doctors, businesspeople, teachers, and army officers lived in the Village. Rachel Cusk, Harper's Magazine, 18 Sep. 2023 And for foreigners, the arbitrary detention of businesspeople and raids on foreign consulting firms have—for the first time in decades—added a sense of risk to doing business in the country. Ian Johnson, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of businesspeople was in 1827

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“Businesspeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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noun plural
busi·​ness·​peo·​ple -ˌspē-pəl How to pronounce businesspeople (audio)
: persons active in business

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