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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
First recorded in 1705-15; business + man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This status-seeking is a way of life for thousands of American businessmen.

  • Formerly statesmen were businessmen of experience and ability who had prescience.

    The Myth in Marriage Alice Hubbard
  • Politicians and businessmen (in Macedonia, these are linked vocations) made fortunes.

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  • And among the businessmen of Liverpool the whole thing is still a rich joke.

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  • For it was the businessmen who had started the whole thing in the first place.

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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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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