[ ahn-truh-pruh-nur, -noor; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr ]
/ ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜr, -ˈnʊər; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr /
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noun, plural en·tre·pre·neurs [ahn-truh-pruh-nurz, -noorz; French ahn-truh-pruh-nœr]. /ˌɑn trə prəˈnɜrz, -ˈnʊərz; French ɑ̃ trə prəˈnœr/.
a person who organizes and manages any enterprise, especially a business, usually with considerable initiative and risk.
an employer of productive labor; contractor.
verb (used with object)
to deal with or initiate as an entrepreneur.
verb (used without object)
to act as an entrepreneur.
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Origin of entrepreneur
First recorded in 1875–80; from French: literally, “one who undertakes (some task),” equivalent to entrepren(dre) “to undertake” (from Latin inter- inter- + prendere “to take,” variant of prehendere ) + -eur -eur; see enterprise
OTHER WORDS FROM entrepreneuren·tre·pre·neur·i·al, adjectiveen·tre·pre·neur·ship, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH entrepreneurentrepreneur , intrapreneur
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British Dictionary definitions for entrepreneur
/ (ˌɒntrəprəˈnɜː, French ɑ̃trəprənœr) /
the owner or manager of a business enterprise who, by risk and initiative, attempts to make profits
a middleman or commercial intermediary
Derived forms of entrepreneurentrepreneurial, adjectiveentrepreneurship, noun
Word Origin for entrepreneur
C19: from French, from entreprendre to undertake; see enterprise
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Cultural definitions for 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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