middleman

[ mid-l-man ]
/ ˈmɪd lˌmæn /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. middlebreaker,
  2. middlebrow,
  3. middleburg heights,
  4. middlebuster,
  5. middlehand,
  6. middlemarch,
  7. middlemost,
  8. middlesborough,
  9. middlesbrough,
  10. middlescence

Origin of middleman

1400–50; late Middle English: maker of girdles; see middle, man1

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British Dictionary definitions for middlemen

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 middlemen

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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