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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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Examples from the web for businessmen
  • Many businessmen fled the country, taking capital and expertise with them.
  • The governor heard the businessmen out, but reaffirmed his commitment to coop power.
  • Nevertheless, he was wary of businessmen and argued against the formation of monopolies.
  • He counted among his neighbors and acquaintances several prominent businessmen.
  • The businessmen, the politicians, and the bureaucrats are the same people.
British Dictionary definitions for businessmen


/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
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Word Origin and History for businessmen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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