AskDefine | Define businessman

Dictionary Definition

businessman n : a person engaged in commercial or industrial business (especially an owner or executive) [syn: man of affairs]

User Contributed Dictionary



business + man



  1. a man in business, one who works at a commercial institution


Related terms


Sorani: bazirgan, tucar, esnaf, tacîr

Extensive Definition

A businessperson (also businessman or businesswoman) is someone who is employed at usually a profit-oriented enterprise, or more specifically, someone who is involved in the management (at any level) of a company. The term businessperson almost always refers to someone with a "white collar" occupation.

Word use

Businessperson is used in place of the words businessman or businesswoman to avoid sexism and to avoid unnecessarily perpetuating stereotypes if used generically.
The terms businessman or businesswoman are sometimes used for gender specificity. However, the term businessperson, with the "-person" suffix, is noted to be more commonly used today than in the past.

Dress code

'' Further information: Social aspects of clothing and Business attire
Male businesspeople typically wear standard business attire consisting of a suit with collar shirt and necktie. However, this may vary among companies and often depends on local business culture. In some countries, especially in Western countries like the U.S., business casual is appropriate for businessmen to wear and neckties can be left out. In several other countries, however, notably many East Asian countries, businessmen are more formally dressed and wear conservative suits with a necktie.
Female businesspeople's apparel has gone over many changes. Dresses and suits are in the norm today.


businessman in Arabic: رجل أعمال
businessman in Catalan: Emprenedor
businessman in Czech: Podnikatel
businessman in Spanish: Empresario
businessman in Hindi: व्यापारी
businessman in Indonesian: Pengusaha
businessman in Hebrew: איש עסקים
businessman in Dutch: Zakenman
businessman in Japanese: 実業家
businessman in Polish: Przedsiębiorca
businessman in Russian: Предприниматель
businessman in Swedish: Affärsman
businessman in Chinese: 商人
businessman in Simple English: businessman
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