The word entrepreneur literally means 'undertaker' - not in the funereal way, but in the sense of someone who 'undertakes' a particular activity or task. The word first appeared in English in the 15th century but seemingly failed to catch on.
It wasn't until the early 19th century that it was plucked from obscurity and began to be used specifically to refer to theatrical producers and patrons. But entrepreneur isn't the only word to have its origins on the stage. 10 terms that came from theater.