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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In 2018, the Austin American-Statesman reported that Smith promised a San Antonio businessperson an appointment with the Department of Agriculture in exchange for a $29,000 loan. Sneha Day, Dallas News, 18 Jan. 2022 Fort Wayne businessperson Eric Doden has already announced his campaign, and the state’s Secretary of Commerce Brad Chambers is expected to jump into the race as well. Ben Kamisar, NBC News, 12 Dec. 2022 Stockholm Pie is ripe for a big city businessperson to come in and franchise. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 30 Nov. 2022 Hardesty lost to Rene Gonzalez, a more conservative businessperson who promised to crack down on homelessness and crime. Sammy Rothstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2022 Abbas scammed the businessperson out of more than $1 million with the help of three other accomplices, according to the Justice Department. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2022 In 2020, Abbas posed as a Wells Fargo banker in New York in order to steal money from a Qatari businessperson who was looking for a loan to build a school, authorities said. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 9 Nov. 2022 Matheson became a teacher, Vernon an engineer, and Stuart a businessperson. Richard Sandomir,, 23 Oct. 2022 Interesting, easy to read and super helpful for the small businessperson. Steve Strauss, USA TODAY, 17 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of businessperson was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Businessperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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