Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who organizes and operates a business venture and assumes much of the associated risk.
  • n. A person who organizes a risky activity of any kind and acts substantially in the manner of a business entrepreneur.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who takes the initiative to create a product or establish a business for profit; generally, whoever undertakes on his own account an enterprise in which others are employed and risks are taken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who undertakes a large industrial enterprise; a contractor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who organizes a business venture and assumes the risk for it

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from entreprendre, to undertake; see enterprise.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French entrepreneur. (Wiktionary)

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  • nmw is a "word entrepreneur" -- he (Norbert Mayer-Wittmann) works on the development of online language (he refers to his business as "New Media Works").

    July 4, 2009