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businessman

[biz-nis-man]
noun, plural businessmen.
a man regularly employed in business, especially a white-collar worker, executive, or owner.

Origin:
1705–15; business + man1

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businessman (ˈbɪznɪsˌmæn, -mən)
 
n , pl -men
a person, esp a man, engaged in commercial or industrial business, esp as an owner or executive
 
usage  There is a gender-neutral form, businessperson, but it does not appear to be very widely used. The plural business people is quite widely used, and if you wish to avoid being gender-specific, you could try recasting your sentence to use the plural.

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businessman
1826, from business + man. Man of business is recorded from 1660s.
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