Invertext Online Technical Dictionary




Definition 1

Person engaged in commerce.

Source: Concise Oxford Dictionary

Context: Royal Worcester was founded in 1751 by John Wall, a physician, with the backing of 13 Worcester businessmen. Production of elegant teaware took off shortly after amid a surge in tea consumption. A royal warrant followed in 1789.

Source: Financial Times 07/11/2008


These days businessman sounds slightly dated. It was much used up until about the 1960s, when people in general, even journalists and publishers, began to distinguish manufacturers from traders, producers of goods from providers of services. Previously the majority of educated people regarded business as something vaguely disreputable and used businessman to denote any person whose means of earning a living were not immediately apparent.

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