busi·​ness·​wom·​an | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce businesswoman (audio) , -nəz-\

Definition of businesswoman

: 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.

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Life goes on for the Lyons family of Manchester, as the nightly news delivers its distresses in the background — most notably the political rise of Vivienne Rook (Emma Thompson), a businesswoman whose profanity wins her a lot of attention. Matthew Gilbert,, "‘Years and Years’ is TV’s most haunting show," 25 July 2019 Scherie Murray, a Republican businesswoman originally from Jamaica, announced her candidacy for New York’s 14th congressional district in Queens and the Bronx today. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "AOC’s surprise new Republican challenger was an AOC fan," 17 July 2019 The husband of a San Antonio businesswoman who was reported missing March 1 is charged with murder, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Saturday. Vincent T. Davis,, "Husband of missing San Antonio businesswoman arrested," 13 July 2019 This is Rauha, the daughter of a woman who runs a brothel among other successful enterprises, a hard-nosed businesswoman who has passed on her steely character to her daughter—with later, unhappy consequences. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Deep River’ Review: In the Heart of the Forest Primeval," 28 June 2019 Rodriguez remembered feeling that a Black woman couldn’t make a career in beauty being a businesswoman—that was the point drilled into her. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Monique Rodriguez Talks Making Money Moves At Essence Festival Beauty Carnival," 5 July 2019 Her mother was a businesswoman and her stepfather sold car parts. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "How Yacine Diop's long journey to play for Louisville basketball began in Senegal," 28 June 2019 Here, five things to know about Kavovit, a successful businesswoman and a very promising reality show star. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Barbara Kavovit Is the Newest RHONY Cast Member. Here's What You Should Know About Her.," 6 Mar. 2019 The grande dame of the champagne world, Madame Clicquot was the woman who started the female revolution in champagne by transforming her husband's failing wine business and becoming one of the first international businesswomen in the world. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "You Have the Founding Mothers of Champagne to Thank for the Bubbly You Drink Today," 8 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of businesswoman

1827, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of businesswoman

: a woman who works in business especially in a high position
: a woman who is good at dealing with business and financial matters


busi·​ness·​wom·​an | \ ˈbiz-nəs-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce businesswoman (audio) \
plural businesswomen\ -​ˌwi-​mən \

Kids Definition of businesswoman

: a woman in business especially as an owner or a manager

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