oil·​man ˈȯi(-ə)l-mən How to pronounce oilman (audio)
: an oil company executive
: an oil field worker

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web His primary collector was Japanese oilman Idemitsu Sazō, and two among his five wives were Japanese (one his collector’s daughter). Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 2023 His largest contribution — $100,000 — came from prolific GOP donor S. Javaid Anwar, a Midland oilman, according to the campaign finance report. Dallas News, 18 July 2022 Guy's guy cinema is alive and well in this crime drama, which centers on a London mobster (Vinnie Jones) ready for war in West Virginia, where his girlfriend (Lenora Crichlow) disappears amid a money-laundering deal between the Brit's boss (Malcolm McDowell) and a local oilman (Ron Perlman). Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 31 July 2020 But campaign finance reports show the Republican’s biggest benefactors during his years in office include Houston businessman Hushang Ansary and Midland oilman Javaid Anwar. Paxton, a former Texas representative and senator representing Collin County, was first elected to statewide office in 2014. James Barragán, Dallas News, 26 Oct. 2020 The oilman’s nephew sued for fraud. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 The day Jones said changed his life came in the summer of 1979 when the Arkansas oilman was closing on a loan. Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2022 Among his legitimate clients were hedge fund managers, oilmen, and oligarchs—but the real money, people said, was in his murky operations, regarding which everyone claimed to have heard a wild story. Hernan Diaz, Harper’s Magazine , 10 Feb. 2023 It wasn’t figured out by a Texas oilman. Robert Faturechi, ProPublica, 8 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of oilman was in 1865

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“Oilman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilman. Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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