auc·​tion·​eer | \ ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir How to pronounce auctioneer (audio) \

Definition of auctioneer

: an agent who sells goods at auction

Examples of auctioneer in a Sentence

The auctioneer started the bidding at $100.
Recent Examples on the Web Visit the auctioneer’s website at 12pm this Thursday to place your bids. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 8 June 2022 All the while, auctioneer Simon de Pury wielded his auction gavel with an incredible enthusiasm that encouraged bidders to prove the extent of their deep pockets in the name of charity. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 1 June 2022 Renowned auctioneer Simon de Pury manned the hammer on the evening, driving up bids for such items as a luxury trip to the Galpagos Islands, which went for $909,000. Allyson Portee, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 The energy crackled in the room as the veteran auctioneer Jussi Pylkkanen toggled between bidders on the phone and in the seats. New York Times, 9 May 2022 The actual auction features a dynamic auctioneer wearing cowboys boots, while buyers and winemakers are mixed together at round tables to enjoy local food, wine, and networking. Liz Thach, Forbes, 4 May 2022 Over March 19 and 20, the auctioneer collected $1.8 million for parts of it, mostly from private collectors, during the first of what is expected to be at least two auctions in Dallas. Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 Brady came out of retirement and wanted Lelands, the auctioneer, to void the sale. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Two phone bidders wound up competing for the work, with the auctioneer hammering the gavel at $39.3 million for a final sale price of $45.4 million including Sotheby’s commission. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 27 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of auctioneer

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

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18 Jun 2022

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“Auctioneer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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auc·​tion·​eer | \ ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir How to pronounce auctioneer (audio) \

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: a person who runs an auction

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