or ag·ro·busi·ness

[ ag-ruh-biz-nis ]
/ ˈæg rəˌbɪz nɪs /


the businesses collectively associated with the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.

Origin of agribusiness

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55; agri- + business Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for agribusiness


/ (ˈæɡrɪˌbɪznɪs) /


the various businesses collectively that process, distribute, and support farm products

Word Origin for agribusiness

C20: from agri (culture) + business
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for agribusiness



1955, compound formed from agriculture + business.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for agribusiness


The part of the economy devoted to the production, processing, and distribution of food, including the financial institutions that fund these activities.


Agribusiness emphasizes agriculture as a big business rather than as the work of small family farms.
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