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 In the end, the auctioneer's sales pitch on the chapel organ paid off., "Support quality local journalism like this by becoming a subscriber.," 12 Feb. 2021 Clients such as MoLAA typically team up with an independent auctioneer or auction house to appraise the work and guide them through the sale. Deborah Vankin Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Museum of Latin American Art defends auctioning dozens of works from its collection," 11 Dec. 2020 After bidding ended there, it was passed to an auctioneer in New York, newscaster-style, as the city was just beginning its morning. James Tarmy,, "Hong Kong’s Auction Market Is Soaring as New York Stumbles," 2 Dec. 2020 In Hong Kong, which reported about 100 cases of Covid on Wednesday, there was a live audience of dealers and collectors in front of the auctioneer. James Tarmy,, "Hong Kong’s Auction Market Is Soaring as New York Stumbles," 2 Dec. 2020 The political analyst was almost an auctioneer, rattling off numbers all through the night, hardly taking a breath, trying desperately to stay ahead of the action. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "John King’s feverish “magic wall” act on CNN defined election night," 4 Nov. 2020 In addition to holding an auctioneer’s license, Young also has a real-estate license. cleveland, "The issues Ohioans care about in this coronavirus-dominated election: Capitol Letter," 26 Oct. 2020 Hiller Auction Service in Zimmerman, Minn., is again the auctioneer. Bob Timmons, Star Tribune, "Bidding begins on firearms, bows and more confiscated by DNR officers," 21 Oct. 2020 Now, an auctioneer’s hammer has thrown Stan’s future into question, with the dinosaur bones sold off to the highest—and, so far, anonymous—bidder, stoking fear among experts that this beloved T. rex may be lost to science. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Stan' the T. rex just sold for $31.8 million—and scientists are furious," 12 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of auctioneer

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

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18 Feb 2021

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“Auctioneer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction


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

Kids Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction

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