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[biz-nis-pee-puh l] /ˈbɪz nɪsˌpi pəl/
plural noun
businesspersons collectively.


[biz-nis-pur-suh n] /ˈbɪz nɪsˌpɜr sən/
a person regularly employed in business, especially a white-collar worker, executive, or owner.
Origin of businessperson
1970-75, Americanism; business(man) + -person
Usage note
See -person. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for businesspeople


noun (pl) -people, -persons
a person engaged in commercial or industrial business, esp as an owner or executive
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