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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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 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

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First Known Use of businesspeople

1827, in the meaning defined above

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