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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
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Examples from the web for businessman
  • But that doesn't take away from his accomplishments as a marketer, businessman and trendsetter.
  • Mace, a businessman who has been president of the college for almost two years, was released on bond a day later.
  • He considers himself a businessman first and a cowboy second.
  • Musk the businessman sees a need people are willing to pay for that he can provide more efficiently than others.
  • Mark, a businessman, made intricate wax figures and compulsively photographed buildings from many angles.
  • The bad guys are represented by a craven businessman and a scarred ex-Marine.
  • He was a businessman now, dependent on contracts obtained from oceanographers, who in turn had to get grants from the government.
  • Though he may have been a good designer or businessman or other such things, my priorities are different.
  • He's a cynical businessman who plays on the anxieties of his listeners.
  • He's a wealthy businessman, and reporters have noticed his lack of comfort in relating to voters.
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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