oil·man | \ˈȯi(-ə)l-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of oilman 

1 : an oil company executive

2 : an oil field worker

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Last year, Zinke took the oilman, David J. Lesar, along with Lesar’s son and the project’s lead developer, on a private tour of the Lincoln Memorial not normally available to the public. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: With Scott Pruitt gone, green groups now turn the spotlight on Ryan Zinke," 9 July 2018 The estate was once owned by oilman H.L. Hunt who, on Jan. 1, 1938, paid $69,000 for it, the Dallas Morning News reported. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Replica home of George Washington’s Mount Vernon is for sale in Dallas," 12 June 2018 And unlike other executives with whom Pruitt is known to have close ties — like oilman Harold Hamm or coal mogul Robert E. Murray — Craft has stayed relatively under the radar. Steve Eder And Hiroko Tabuchi, BostonGlobe.com, "Coal billionaire and EPA’s chief have cozy ties," 2 June 2018 Theresa Roemer, an entrepreneur and former beauty pageant contestant married to oilman Lamar Roemer, reportedly spent $500,000 on the oasis. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Texas Mansion Famous for Its Stunning Three-Story Closet Just Hit the Market for $7 Million," 15 May 2018 The friend was an Oklahoma oilman named Paul Veenker. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Richie Sambora honors friend he met at Barnstable Brown Derby gala, 'Super Bowl of parties'," 21 Feb. 2018 Sutton cites the influence of oilman J. Howard Pew, who was a mainline Presbyterian who recognized evangelicals’ growing power. Liya Rechtman, BostonGlobe.com, "When the apocalypse is a feature, not a bug," 12 May 2018 Pruitt is a onetime Oklahoma state lawmaker who built alliances to wealthy oilmen and influential Republican conservatives. CBS News, "EPA watchdog confirms Scott Pruitt probes," 28 Apr. 2018 The five-bedroom, 4,364-square-foot house modeled after a French castle was originally built for oilman Ed Cox in 1929, and served as the primary residence of Dallas mayor R.L. Thornton and his family until the 1970s. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Live Like a Royal: Take a Peek Inside This Historic Dallas Castle," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of oilman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of oilman was in 1865

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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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