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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Recent Examples on the Web Lorenzana said businesspeople were reluctant to invest in the south because of martial law. Washington Post, "Duterte to end martial law in Philippine south after 2 years," 10 Dec. 2019 Western businesspeople have been making the goo-goo eyes at this potentially awesome market for decades., "Daryl Morey’s infamous tweet," 11 Oct. 2019 The investigation, made public in April, found that businesspeople and others had conspired to launder about $50 million in a huge fraud involving the country’s Social Security Institute. Washington Post, "Face of Guatemala’s anti-corruption fight faces threats," 25 Nov. 2019 Oddly, conservative businesspeople were likely to favor permissive immigration policies in hopes of finding an ample supply of low-cost laborers while simultaneously diminishing the power of unions. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "What Happened to California Republicans?," 14 Nov. 2019 Both of them were more businesspeople than technologists. Los Angeles Times, "I joined a tech start-up in 1998, before the bust. Today’s scene feels familiar," 21 Oct. 2019 The president enjoys support from businesspeople and the military, and has moved Ecuador towards the political center after taking over from Correa. Jack Guy And Helena De Moura, CNN, "Ecuador government leaves capital city amid violent protests," 8 Oct. 2019 Many British businesspeople — and presumably some of the new Conservative Party members of Parliament from the industrial north of England — will want to be able to trade with Brussels with as little friction and paperwork as possible. Steven Erlanger, New York Times, "U.K. Election Result Starts Clock on Brexit Talks With E.U.," 13 Dec. 2019 And over the course of 2019, tons of incredibly talented restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and culinary businesspeople came up with ways to improve our eating experiences. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The Best Things Restaurants Did in 2019," 1 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of businesspeople

1827, in the meaning defined above

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“Businesspeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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