Middleman



[mid-l-man] /ˈmɪd lˌmæn/

noun, plural middlemen.
1.
a person who plays an economic role intermediate between producer and retailer or consumer.
2.
a person who acts as an intermediary.
/ˈmɪdəlˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
an independent trader engaged in the distribution of goods from producer to consumer
2.
an intermediary
3.
(theatre) the interlocutor in minstrel shows
n.

in the trading sense, 1795, from middle + man. From mid-15c. as the name of some type of workman in wire-making. From 1741 as “one who takes a middle course.”

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