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businessman

[ biz-nis-man ]
/ ˈbɪz nɪsˌmæn /
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noun, plural busi·ness·men.
a man regularly employed in business, especially a white-collar worker, executive, or owner.
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Origin of businessman

First recorded in 1705–15; business + man
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How to use businessman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for businessman

businessman
/ (ˈbɪznɪsˌmæn, -mən) /

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

usage for businessman

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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