noun, plural busi·ness·men.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for businessmen

Contemporary Examples of businessmen

Historical Examples of businessmen

  • This status-seeking is a way of life for thousands of American businessmen.

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

  • Politicians and businessmen (in Macedonia, these are linked vocations) made fortunes.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

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

    Mushroom Town

    Oliver Onions

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

    Conquest Over Time

    Michael Shaara

British Dictionary definitions for businessmen


noun plural -men

a person, esp a man, engaged in commercial or industrial business, esp as an owner or executive


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 businessmen



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper