entrepreneur [ahn-tr uh-pr uh- nur, - n; oo r ah French n-t r uh-p r uh- n] œ r Word Origin noun, plural en·tre·pre·neurs . [ahn-tr uh-pr uh- nurz, - n; oo rz ah French n-t r uh-p r uh- n] œ r /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/ French a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk. an employer of productive labor; contractor. to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur. verb (used without object) to act as an entrepreneur. Origin of entrepreneur 1875–80;
literally, one who undertakes (some task), equivalent to
) to undertake (<
Latin inter- inter-
to take, variant of
enterprise Related forms en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjective en·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ly, adverb en·tre·pre·neur·i·al·ism, en·tre·pre·neur·ism, noun en·tre·pre·neur·ship, noun non·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjective sem·i·en·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for entrepreneurialism the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits a middleman or commercial intermediary Derived Forms entrepreneurial, adjective entrepreneurship, noun Word Origin for entrepreneur
C19: from French, from
entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Word Origin and History for entrepreneurialism 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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entrepreneurialism 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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