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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Even his name seemed to fit, like central casting's idea of what an oilman should be named. Fortune, "Oil Tycoon T. Boone Pickens Dies at 91," 11 Sep. 2019 Even his name seemed to fit, like central casting’s idea of what an oilman should be named. Cliff Brunt, The Denver Post, "Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens dies at age 91, spokesperson says," 11 Sep. 2019 In the 1990s, popular culture shuddered, but couldn’t look away from, Anna Nicole Smith’s union with millionaire oilman, J. Howard Marshall, who was 61 years her senior. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Does Succession Get Tom and Shiv's Relationship Right? A Vanderbilt Says Yes.," 11 Aug. 2019 His uncle, Max Fisher, a financier and oilman who made the Forbes list of richest Americans, loomed large over Ross’s childhood. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How the megadevelopment era shapes cities today," 30 July 2019 Walsh, a Galveston oilman, raised money for the drilling and testing of oil wells in Galveston between 2007 and 2009. Erin Douglas, Houston Chronicle, "Oilman already sentenced 18 years faces new indictment in Harris County," 18 July 2019 The new theater being built within the institution’s Kinder Exhibition Building will be named for her and her husband, oilman Oscar Wyatt. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 14 June 2019 Despite a contentious start at CU’s helm when some worried hiring a big-name Republican oilman to lead the four-campus university was ill-advised, Benson ended up winning over many of his naysayers as his work spoke for itself. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Nearly 81, Bruce Benson ends decade-plus tenure at CU’s helm by looking forward: “My life is working”," 23 June 2019 In a caravan next to a roaring derrick a Canadian oilman and his team from Crescent Petroleum, a company based in the United Arab Emirates, watch for the first signs of gas. The Economist, "Two years after a disastrous referendum, Iraq’s Kurds are prospering," 15 June 2019

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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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