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entrepreneur

[ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noo r; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr]
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noun, plural en·tre·pre·neurs [ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noo rz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr] /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/.
  1. a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
  2. an employer of productive labor; contractor.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to act as an entrepreneur.
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Origin of entrepreneur

1875–80; < French: literally, one who undertakes (some task), equivalent to entrepren(dre) to undertake (< Latin inter- inter- + prendere to take, variant of prehendere) + -eur -eur. See enterprise
Related formsen·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjectiveen·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ly, adverben·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ism, en·tre·pre·neur·ism, nounen·tre·pre·neur·ship, nounnon·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjectivesem·i·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjective
Can be confusedentrepreneur intrapreneur
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Examples from the Web for entrepreneurial

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Historical Examples

  • Some land went to entrepreneurial cloth manufacturers, who converted the buildings for the manufacture of cloth.

  • Entrepreneurial master-builders subcontracted work to craftsmen and took a large profit or a large loss and debt.

  • Answer: By providing them with the conditions to work and exercise their entrepreneurial skills.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

  • The match of the entrepreneurial individual with the potential of the technology base is key.

    Shock and Awe

    Harlan K. Ullman


British Dictionary definitions for entrepreneurial

entrepreneur

noun
  1. the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
  2. a middleman or commercial intermediary
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Derived Formsentrepreneurial, adjectiveentrepreneurship, noun

Word Origin

C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for entrepreneurial

adj.

1922, from entrepreneur + -al (1).

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entrepreneur

n.

1828, "manager or promoter of a theatrical production," reborrowing of French entrepreneur "one who undertakes or manages," agent noun from Old French entreprendre "undertake" (see enterprise). The word first crossed the Channel late 15c. but did not stay. Meaning "business manager" is from 1852. Related: Entrepreneurship.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

entrepreneurial in Culture

entrepreneur

[(ahn-truh-pruh-nur, ahn-truh-pruh-noor)]

One who starts a business or other venture that promises economic gain but that also entails risks.

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