busi·​ness·​per·​son ˈbiz-nəs-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce businessperson (audio)
variants or business person
plural businesspeople ˈbiz-nəs-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce businessperson (audio)
or business people also businesspersons or business persons
: a person and especially an executive who transacts business : a businessman or businesswoman

Examples of businessperson in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chief Owens is currently under investigation by Customs and Border Protection for potential ethics violations over his relationship with a Mexican businessperson, reports NBC News. Caitlin Babcock, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 May 2024 The verdict is the first death sentence for a private businessperson for financial crime. Charlie Campbell, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 The kids wouldn’t understand all the ways a clever businessperson could take advantage of them. Guy Lawson, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2024 Inspired by how Bloomberg ran the City like a businessperson, Tuchman returned to school to earn an MBA and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard. Geri Stengel, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 The role of a music manager is an elusive one, based largely on the kind of relationship between the businessperson and the musician. Massimo Marioni, Fortune, 24 Aug. 2023 McGonigal traveled with the businessperson and met with Albanian officials for their own business interests. Ken Tran, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2024 Today’s CEOs are expecting their CHRO to start thinking—and talking—like a businessperson. Ryan Wong, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Ripken, who has become a businessperson in the years since his retirement from playing baseball in 2001, is part of the Orioles’ new ownership group, according to a news release from the Orioles and David Rubenstein, who has agreed to buy a control stake in the team from the Angelos family. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 31 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of businessperson was in 1834

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“Businessperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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busi·​ness·​per·​son -ˌspər-sᵊn How to pronounce businessperson (audio)
: a businessman or businesswoman

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