busi·​ness·​wom·​an ˈbiz-nəs-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce businesswoman (audio)
: a woman who transacts business
especially : one who is a business executive

Examples of businesswoman in a Sentence

Like many musicians, she's found that she has to be a businesswoman as well as a performer.
Recent Examples on the Web The Thai businesswoman, who is also a transgender rights advocate, laid out her plans for the organization in a press release announcing the deal, according to a previous Variety report. Jenna Wang, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 Indeed, there’s a relatability to Fisher’s constant whirl of activity—founder, businesswoman, mother, social media aficionado—that clients can align with empathetically and also physically. Daisy Shaw-Ellis, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 The musical will tell the story of Jesse, a successful businesswoman, mother and wife who is hiding a broken heart. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Nov. 2023 Among them was Ruby, a former businesswoman in her mid-40s who had received a generous divorce settlement from her wealthy Chinese ex-husband and had retired in leisure. Monica Liu, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2023 Here's everything to know about heiress and businesswoman Akshata Murty. Alex Gurley, Peoplemag, 11 Nov. 2023 These women are not just queens and princesses, but also vestal virgins and whores, traitors and patriots, saintly martyrs, savvy businesswomen, informers, poets, and rebels. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 8 Nov. 2023 The businesswoman was originally expected to be named as a defendant in the fraud trial, though a New York appeals court struck down her inclusion, ruling that the claims against her were too old. Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2023 Tensions are rising and Shylock (played by Oberman), a resilient single mother and hard-working businesswoman, is desperate to protect her daughter’s future. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 19 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of businesswoman was in 1827

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“Businesswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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busi·​ness·​wom·​an -ˌswu̇m-ən How to pronounce businesswoman (audio)
: a woman in business especially as an owner or manager

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