middleman

[ mid-l-man ]
/ ˈmɪd lˌmæn /

noun, plural mid·dle·men.

a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
a person who acts as an intermediary.

Origin of middleman

1400–50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1
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British Dictionary definitions for middleman

middleman

/ (ˈmɪdəlˌmæn) /

noun plural -men

an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
an intermediary
theatre the interlocutor in minstrel shows
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Word Origin and History for middleman

middleman


n.

in the trading sense, 1795, from middle + man. From mid-15c. as the name of some type of workman in wire-making. From 1741 as "one who takes a middle course."

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