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

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The pump jacks dotting the landscape are iconic evidence that generations of oilmen have drilled this turf. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018 An April 9, 1959, story in the Los Angeles Times said Cabot and Hussein met a party at the house of California oilman Edwin Pauley, a longtime Democratic Party donor for whom UCLA's basketball arena, Pauley Pavilion, is named. Ed Brackett, USA TODAY, "JFK files: CIA lined up actress for date with Jordan's King Hussein during visit to United States," 8 Jan. 2018 And unlike other executives with whom Mr. Pruitt is known to have close ties — like the oilman Harold Hamm or the coal mogul Robert E. Murray — Mr. Craft has stayed relatively under the radar. New York Times, "A Courtside View of Scott Pruitt’s Cozy Ties With a Billionaire Coal Baron," 2 June 2018 Part of a powerful New England political family, Mr. Bush chose to leave and pursue his own path in Texas as an oilman. Russell Gold, WSJ, "In Houston, His Adopted Home, George H.W. Bush Was Beloved," 2 Dec. 2018 In Oklahoma, Texas oilman turned hedge fund investor T. Boone Pickens has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into his alma mater, Oklahoma State University. Sean Illing, Vox, "How corporate cash bought higher education," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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First Known Use of oilman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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