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[biz-nis-man] /ˈbɪz nɪsˌmæn/
noun, plural businessmen.
a man regularly employed in business, especially a white-collar worker, executive, or owner.
Origin of businessman
1705-15; business + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Despite his part in the building of the confederacy, he was a businessman, not a politician.

    Empire Clifford Donald Simak
  • The businessman, the merchant, the manufacturer on Genoa today, is only tolerated.

    Adaptation Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • It could start as innocuously as a businessman planning a more effective advertising campaign.

    The Sensitive Man Poul William Anderson
  • We flout the businessman, but without him there would be no poets.

  • Anton, being more a businessman than a lover, at times behaves insensitively toward Nina.

    Nina Balatka Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for businessman


/ˈbɪznɪsˌmæn; -mən/
noun (pl) -men
a person, esp a man, engaged in commercial or industrial business, esp as an owner or executive
Usage note
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for businessman

1826, from business + man (n.). Man of business is recorded from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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