businessman

[biz-nis-man]
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Origin of businessman

First recorded in 1705–15; business + man1
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businessman

noun plural -men
  1. a person, esp a man, engaged in commercial or industrial business, esp as an owner or executive

usage

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
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Word Origin and History for businessman
n.

1826, from business + man (n.). Man of business is recorded from 1660s.

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