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[mid-l-man] /ˈmɪd lˌmæn/
noun, plural middlemen.
a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
a person who acts as an intermediary.
Origin of middleman
1400-50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "Down with the middlemen," he cried, and was applauded vigorously.

    A Spoil of Office Hamlin Garland
  • Basil and François were, of course, the “middlemen,” and plied the paddles.

    The Young Voyageurs Mayne Reid
  • Millions are wasted in advertising and in the profits of middlemen.

    Society Henry Kalloch Rowe
  • There are no capitalists and no middlemen, and production is only "for use," not "for profit."

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
  • If you plunder all capitalists and all middlemen, the workers will certainly not be better off.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for middlemen


noun (pl) -men
an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
an intermediary
(theatre) the interlocutor in minstrel shows
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for middlemen



in the trading sense, 1795, from middle + man. From mid-15c. as the name of some type of workman in wire-making. From 1741 as "one who takes a middle course."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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