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[ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noo r; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜr, -ˈnʊər; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/
noun, plural entrepreneurs
[ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noo rz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/ (Show IPA)
a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
an employer of productive labor; contractor.
verb (used with object)
to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.
verb (used without object)
to act as an entrepreneur.
Origin of entrepreneur
1875-80; < French: literally, one who undertakes (some task), equivalent to entrepren(dre) to undertake (< Latin inter- inter- + prendere to take, variant of prehendere) + -eur -eur. See enterprise
Related forms
entrepreneurial, adjective
entrepreneurially, adverb
entrepreneurialism, entrepreneurism, noun
entrepreneurship, noun
nonentrepreneurial, adjective
semientrepreneurial, adjective
Can be confused
entrepreneur, intrapreneur. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for entrepreneurial
  • By definition, it takes get-up-and-go to get up and go, which is why immigrants are abnormally entrepreneurial.
  • But opportunity, entrepreneurial drive and public-minded generosity came to the rescue.
  • He said he would pursue entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropy.
  • With its strict hierarchy, a nation's military is not generally considered an entrepreneurial breeding ground.
  • Every society produces a number of individuals with entrepreneurial propensities and natural abilities.
  • Still true today as it was then that typifies the best in entrepreneurial spirit to tackle tough problems.
  • Be clear that the objective is to foster an entrepreneurial finance ecosystem, not to directly provide capital to entrepreneurs.
  • What sets us apart as a research university is the uniquely entrepreneurial spirit of our faculty.
  • It's also a city of superlatives, whose entrepreneurial spirit demands that everything built is the biggest and the best.
  • If the position requires creativity and entrepreneurial spirit, show in the letter that you have some new and interesting ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for entrepreneurial


/ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː; French ɑ̃trəprənœr/
the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
a middleman or commercial intermediary
Derived Forms
entrepreneurial, adjective
entrepreneurship, noun
Word Origin
C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for entrepreneurial

1922, from entrepreneur + -al (1).



1828, "manager or promoter of a theatrical production," reborrowing of French entrepreneur "one who undertakes or manages," agent noun from Old French entreprendre "undertake" (see enterprise). The word first crossed the Channel late 15c. but did not stay. Meaning "business manager" is from 1852. Related: Entrepreneurship.

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entrepreneurial in Culture
entrepreneur [(ahn-truh-pruh-nur, ahn-truh-pruh-noor)]

One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks.

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