plural noun
busi·​ness·​peo·​ple | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌpē-pəl , -nəz-\

Definition of businesspeople

: persons active in business

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The Cuban government has been building a 3G network in cities across the island and some tourists, Cuban government officials and foreign businesspeople have had access to it for several years. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones," 5 Dec. 2018 All major opposition parties are calling for Rajoy to step down after courts ruled that the governing Popular Party profited from a large kickbacks-for-contracts scheme involving businesspeople and former party members. Fox News, "Embattled Spanish PM to face no-confidence vote this week," 28 May 2018 At the bar, musicians play live music, while locals and businesspeople have wine, cocktails, and (surprisingly delicious) tapas. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Safari in Kenya: A Beginner's Guide," 14 Nov. 2018 Sure enough, the sprinkling of royal fairy dust helped Quinn to being voted British Emerging Talent Womenswear of the year by a panel of 2,000 international editors, buyers, and industry businesspeople. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Meghan Markle, Kate Moss, Richard Quinn, and More From Inside the 2018 Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 Bernard, president of HCM Corp., a property management and investment firm in Chevy Chase, said the ad seemed like an attack on all businesspeople. Jennifer Barrios, Washington Post, "Md. candidate to change ad that shows fellow Democrat morphing into Trump," 7 June 2018 Typically patronized by businesspeople in dress clothes, Josephine falls on the fancier side of brunch. Kristin Luna, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places for Brunch in Nashville," 27 Feb. 2018 Other businesspeople said hosting the convention would mean jobs and paychecks for residents who would work extra hours during the week of the convention. Tom Foreman Jr., The Seattle Times, "North Carolina city council approves GOP convention bid," 16 July 2018 Even though the sanctions require that North Korean workers return home, those working in Hunchun are most likely doing so legally, local businesspeople said. Jane Perlez, New York Times, "A Trump-Kim Deal Could Send China’s Trade With North Korea Soaring," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of businesspeople

1827, in the meaning defined above

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