Definition of entrepreneur in English:



  • 1A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit:

    ‘many entrepreneurs see potential in this market’
    • ‘A non-profit organisation, it represents the entire cross-section of women entrepreneurs in the country.’
    • ‘The Edinburgh-based company is also in the final stages of appointing an experienced Scottish technology entrepreneur as chairman.’
    • ‘Aspiring entrepreneurs will be given $50,000 each in seed money to launch their dream business.’
    • ‘We'll talk to one tech entrepreneur who wants to cash in on the craze.’
    • ‘For some Internet entrepreneurs, that idea has taken on a whole new meaning.’
    • ‘Today's new minority entrepreneurs are not just more numerous but also more sophisticated than their predecessors.’
    • ‘The researchers studied some 800 start-up business entrepreneurs and compared them with a control group.’
    • ‘We help the would-be entrepreneur to make choices.’
    • ‘You, too, can be an Internet entrepreneur.’
    • ‘Students are invited to come and hear what it takes to become a successful young entrepreneur.’
    • ‘The entrepreneur sees a business opportunity where others notice only a rubbish site.’
    • ‘Property is the investment of choice for many of today's eager entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘Do you think people skills are more important than business skills for an entrepreneur?’
    • ‘Also, the ministry will encourage local entrepreneurs to boost their investment overseas.’
    • ‘The British Library has a range of services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.’
    • ‘Luckily, there were about a hundred young aspiring entrepreneurs listening to him.’
    • ‘An internet entrepreneur has sold his online company, which he built up from nothing, for £1 million.’
    • ‘They have to be young, successful entrepreneurs.’
    • ‘The 37-year-old millionaire entrepreneur returned to his native Athens for the opening weekend of the 2004 Olympic Games.’
    • ‘Today's savvy entrepreneurs are constantly growing and developing in all areas of their lives.’
    businessman, businesswoman, business person, business executive, enterpriser, speculator, tycoon, magnate
    dealer, trader, buyer and seller, merchant
    commercial intermediary, intermediary, middleman, promoter, impresario
    wheeler-dealer, mogul, big shot, bigwig, whizz-kid, mover and shaker, go-getter, high-flyer, hustler
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    1. 1.1 A promoter in the entertainment industry:
      ‘the music entrepreneur pulled back from financing a screenplay Hopper had written’


Early 19th century (denoting the director of a musical institution): from French, from entreprendre undertake (see enterprise).