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 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, "Season 4 of ‘The Crown’ features the disappearance of Mark Thatcher — before he moved to Dallas," 25 Nov. 2020 Denver oilman Phil Anschutz was led into the fray by one of his top executives, Tim Leiweke. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, "Column: ‘This didn’t end well’: The year I assigned Leon Uris to cover the L.A. Super Bowl," 7 Feb. 2021 This 1940s house was lovingly restored by the owners, and this home has an impressive legacy associated with a notable Texas oilman. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "A year in review: 101 luxury homes across Dallas-Fort Worth and beyond," 31 Dec. 2020 In the fields of western and northwestern Oklahoma, drilling rigs practically appeared overnight, capping pioneering efforts of Oklahoma oilman Robert A Hefner III and others to produce natural gas from wells drilled deep into the Anadarko Basin. USA Today, "Biden’s administration could affect Oklahoma’s energy industry in surprising ways," 18 Jan. 2021 Scorning environmentalists' claims about the damage drilling would do to ANWR, the oilman told him that the coastal plain is a wasteland of no scenic value. Philip Caputo, Field & Stream, "F&S Classics: The Old Man and the Mountains," 22 Nov. 2020 Lyndon Johnson was a wheeling, dealing Texas crook and a friend to the oilman. Kevin Baker, Harper's Magazine, "You Say You Want a Revolution," 27 Oct. 2020 Listing agent Lillie Young, citing tax documents, said the home was originally built for Texas oilman Clint Murchison Sr. Mary Grace Granados, Dallas News, "Take a look at a seven-bedroom home that dates back to the 1930s with an impressive Dallas legacy," 25 Sep. 2020 Baker ultimately disregarded that maxim thanks to a chance friendship forged on the tennis courts of the Houston Country Club with an ambitious oilman named George H. W. Bush. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, "The Private Trump Angst of a Republican Icon," 27 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of oilman

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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21 Mar 2021

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“Oilman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oilman. Accessed 11 Apr. 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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