mid·​dle·​man | \ ˈmi-dᵊl-ˌman How to pronounce middleman (audio) \

Definition of middleman

: an intermediary or agent between two parties especially : a dealer, agent, or company intermediate between the producer of goods and the retailer or consumer

Examples of middleman in a Sentence

The Internet helps consumers save money by buying products directly from companies and eliminating the middleman. We've cut out the middleman and can reduce prices for our customers. He acted as the middleman in the talks between labor and management.
Recent Examples on the Web If these were being offered on the secondary market, offers that exorbitant might be expected… but what gave fans sticker shock was that these were face value tickets, with no middleman jacking up the price. Chris Willman, Variety, 20 July 2022 The hands-on approach adopted by many companies, meant to engender trust with consumers by acting as a reliable middleman, is capital-intensive. Lauren Debter, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Weinstein said that’s OK, because the city-schools arrangement is merely cutting out a step or middleman, with the end result -- the land going to a developer -- remaining the same. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, 28 June 2022 Last month, Osborne Tenants asked 57th & 7th Associates, the middleman that subleases to the restaurants, to get rid of outdoor seating and signage or risk lease termination. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 27 June 2022 Dennis and Kem Parada had been connected with the FBI several weeks earlier by a middleman. Chris Heath, The Atlantic, 17 June 2022 The middleman was given immunity in exchange for his testimony before the grand jury and at trial. Alanna Durkin Richer, Anchorage Daily News, 7 June 2022 The Dutch government has appointed a veteran political negotiator to act as a middleman, but the gesture was immediately rejected by activist farmers and the nation’s largest farming lobby group. Mike Corder, ajc, 10 July 2022 According to multiple news reports, City also paid fees to intermediaries involved in the deal, including an eight-figure payout to Haaland’s father for acting as a middleman, and about $40 million to the player’s agent, Mino Raiola. New York Times, 13 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of middleman

1677, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of middleman was in 1677

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Middle Low German


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6 Aug 2022

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“Middleman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/middleman. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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