plural noun
busi·​ness·​peo·​ple | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce businesspeople (audio) , -nəz-\

Definition of businesspeople

: persons active in business

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What is a wheelhouse, and why are businesspeople so concerned with establishing what’s in it? Christian Science Monitor, "The Culture | In a Word," 7 June 2019 Saudi authorities released billionaire Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi after nearly 15 months of detention, Ethiopian officials said, the latest in a wave of prominent businesspeople to regain their freedom after being rounded up in November 2017. Yohannes Anberbir, WSJ, "Saudi Arabia Releases Ethiopian Billionaire Al Amoudi," 27 Jan. 2019 Deng’s idea of opening was warily to admit some foreign tourists and businesspeople and, on an even tighter rein, journalists. The Economist, "Opening the gatesChinese travellers of all sorts have become ubiquitous," 17 May 2018 The current government has replaced the coterie of civilian businesspeople and party loyalists who surrounded Mr. Mubarak with a regime dominated by the military. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Eight Years After Egypt’s Uprising, a New Autocrat Is Determined Not to Permit a Sequel," 25 Jan. 2019 But this common means of joining officialdom was not possible for a merchant’s son; businesspeople were regarded as dishonest elements of society, and their sons were not eligible for taking the exam. Yunte Huang, WSJ, "‘The Banished Immortal’ Review: ‘Heaven Begot a Talent Like Me’," 11 Jan. 2019 Certainly, the media will push against it, because businesspeople see things in more black and white. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 2018 Knollenberg, who owns a restaurant, also questioned why utilities that have to replace equipment should get a break on their personal property taxes when small businesspeople like him don't. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "The next big corporate tax cut? Senate panel OKs big break for utilities," 5 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of businesspeople

1827, in the meaning defined above

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