Definition of “middleman” - English Dictionary

“middleman” in British English

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middlemannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɪd.əl.mæn/ us /ˈmɪd.əl.mæn/ plural -men uk /-men/ us

a person who buys goods from the company that has produced them and makes a profit by selling them to a shop or a user:

You can lower the price by cutting out (= avoiding the use of) the middleman and buying directly from the factory.

someone who communicates or makes arrangements between two people or groups who are unwilling or unable to meet or deal directly with each other

(Definition of “middleman” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“middleman” in American English

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middlemannoun [ C ]

us /ˈmɪd·əlˌmæn/ -men /ˈmɪd·əlˌmen/

a person who buys goods from the person who makes or grows them and makes a profit by selling them to a store or a user

(Definition of “middleman” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“middleman” in Business English

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middlemannoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmɪdlmæn/ us

COMMERCE a person or company that buys goods from the company that has produced them and makes a profit by selling them to a store or a user:

You can lower the price if you cut out the middleman and buy directly from the factory.

COMMUNICATIONS a person who communicates or makes arrangements between two people or groups who are unwilling or unable to meet or deal directly with each other:

Generally, any unsolicited offer to make money by being a middleman for a transaction for somebody you don't know is fraudulent.

(Definition of “middleman” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)