Definition of businessman in US English:



  • 1A man who works in business or commerce, especially at an executive level.

    • ‘It's the question businessmen in Miami, London and New York are dying to find out and the question nobody can answer.’
    • ‘He's a local businessman, and he is most concerned for his employees, some of whom are still missing.’
    • ‘The business school isn't looking for stylish and amusing writers; it is looking for good businessmen.’
    • ‘Such rare failures seem to matter little to the hordes of western businessmen and women packing the hotel bars of the city's glitzy financial district.’
    • ‘The land was sold on to a developer in 1995 but the mystery businessman continued to have a financial interest.’
    • ‘He fired his deputy president for having ties to a businessman who was recently convicted of corruption.’
    • ‘With the industry flourishing, more foreign businessmen are beginning to rush in to get a share of the market.’
    • ‘They're the essence of traditional New England Republican businessmen.’
    • ‘I've always said that we needed to look at it as businessmen always look at high-risk business investments.’
    • ‘It didn't take long to figure out that this complex began as a plaything for a group of six retired and bored businessmen.’
    • ‘They live together in the old section of town in a grand three-story home donated by a local businessman.’
    • ‘So far, its leaders and businessmen say the chancellor has not just talked the talk, but walked the walk.’
    entrepreneur, business person, industrialist, manufacturer, tycoon, magnate, big businessman, employer
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    1. 1.1with adjective A person with a specified level of skill in financial matters.
      ‘his knowledge and talent were never in question, but he was a poor businessman’
      • ‘The smart businessman thinks like a ball and remains in balance no matter what happens.’
      • ‘The reason I would like to work for Mr. Trump is because I think he is one of the ultimate businessmen.’
      • ‘The amiable smile for a fleeting moment gave way to the impassive stare of a serious businessman as his mind turned to more serious matters.’
      • ‘Any businessman who doesn't know the state of his company's finances is not a businessman.’
      • ‘Oil company executives are businessmen and they are in a business that requires long-term stability.’
      • ‘Peck was too astute a businessman to believe such a hall could be financially self-supporting.’
      • ‘Mr Dyke, an astute businessman and inspirational boss, was battling for the BBC's independence.’
      • ‘Murphy claims too many clubs have people on the board who are good businessmen yet with limited rugby knowledge.’
      • ‘Our players are independent businessmen, so we like to give them choices.’
      • ‘I am convinced that no one could have done just as I did, no matter how able a businessman he was.’