oil·​man | \ ˈȯi(-ə)l-mən How to pronounce oilman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of oilman

1 : an oil company executive
2 : an oil field worker

Examples of oilman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Where to find alternative proteins at fast-casual restaurants. FROM THE ARCHIVES On Oct. 25, 1928, Edward Doheny, an oilman from California, paid $100,000 to Albert B. Fall, who served as secretary of the Interior in President Harding’s Cabinet. Seth Liss, Los Angeles Times, 24 Oct. 2021 According to Hunt, Smith held some dangerously progressive ideas for an oilman in the mid-20th century South. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 27 Oct. 2021 Odessa oilman Kirk Edwards acknowledged that reality in comments reported by the Odessa American. David Blackmon, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 One of their candidates, Greg Goff, was an oilman who had led a smaller refining company to legendary profitability and thought that mitigating environmental harm was part of corporate responsibility. New York Times, 23 June 2021 But the oilman, who started his career at Conoco and spent 40 years in the industry, knew that something would give — and that there was potential there. New York Times, 23 June 2021 In 1978, Houston oilman J. P. Bryan set his eye on the Parkway, a run-down but culturally significant 20-room hotel built in 1927. Marcia Desanctis, Travel + Leisure, 25 Apr. 2021 For his part, Mr. Dykes, the Wyoming oilman, plans to attach a snowplow to his electric Hummer and use it to get up and down the mountain road leading to one of his homes outside Denver. Christopher Mims, WSJ, 24 Apr. 2021 In 1993, prime minister Thatcher joined former President George H.W. Bush at a luncheon at the estate of Dallas oilman Cary Maguire. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of oilman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Oilman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilman. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oilman

: a person (usually a man) who owns or works for an oil company


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