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

Definition of businesspeople

: persons active in business

Examples of businesspeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is why businesspeople so often make terrible government leaders. Atul Gawande, The New Yorker, "Inside the Worst-Hit County in the Worst-Hit State in the Worst-Hit Country," 8 Feb. 2021 The White House said the pardon was backed by several businesspeople, including L.A. developer Geoff Palmer, but also investor Thomas J. Barrack, a USC alumnus and a university trustee, which drew shock at the campus and beyond. Matt Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, "Fingerpointing, outrage after Trump pardons USC father in college admission scandal," 21 Jan. 2021 The company is still down about 25% in sales compared to sales figures last year, largely due to a lull in businesspeople grabbing their daily coffee, but Schaffler says an uptick in weekend sales has helped. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Ascension is still D-FW’s biggest indie coffee company, even after closing four shops mid-pandemic," 8 Dec. 2020 Mirenda said guests who ordered the more extravagant dishes included Utah’s upper echelon — businesspeople, doctors and professional sports players — although the restaurant serves a range of diners. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Did the pandemic kill Salt Lake City’s gold-coated steak? What this restaurant is doing to survive.," 21 Jan. 2021 Robert Zangrillo was arrested in March 2019 in a college admissions bribery scheme that ensnared TV stars, businesspeople and athletic coaches across the U.S. oregonlive, "Who did Trump pardon? Rappers, dad in college bribery scheme, kingpin involved in officer’s murder," 20 Jan. 2021 Organizers behind the Recall CPS campaign see Kelley as part of San Antonio’s insular circle of power brokers and elite businesspeople who often lead city initiatives and hold unelected positions of power — such as CPS’ board of trustees., "Express Briefing: Business maven tangles with reformers over S.A.’s energy future," 11 Dec. 2020 Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma, is China’s richest entrepreneur and one of its most prominent businesspeople worldwide with a net worth of $59 billion. Joe Mcdonald,, "E-commerce giant Alibaba facing anti-monopoly probe in China," 24 Dec. 2020 Other players are teachers/coaches, counselors, businesspeople, preachers, salespeople and a world-class blues guitar player. Cary Radisewitz, Star Tribune, "How young men of color mattered to a rural Midwestern community," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of businesspeople

1827, in the meaning defined above

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