the businesses collectively associated with the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.

1950–55; Americanism; agri- + business Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To agribusiness
World English Dictionary
agribusiness (ˈæɡrɪˌbɪznɪs)
the various businesses collectively that process, distribute, and support farm products
[C20: from agri(culture) + business]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1955, compound formed from agriculture + business.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Cultural Dictionary

agribusiness definition

The part of the economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food, including the financial institutions that fund these activities.

Note: Agribusiness emphasizes agriculture as a big business rather than as the work of small family farms.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature