auc·​tion·​eer ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir How to pronounce auctioneer (audio)
: 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 The piece was initially estimated conservatively at $1,500 to $2,500 because the auctioneers didn't have all the documents for the item. The Enquirer, 5 Apr. 2024 So the lower prices at Nuits-Saint-Georges this year didn’t come as a shock to the auctioneer Cortot, who believes the market is being adversely affected by conflicts around the globe. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 30 Mar. 2024 Highlights include live and silent auctions and entertainment by comedian Carol Johnson, who will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies and auctioneer, and harpist Naomi Alter. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2024 As the price increased, the auctioneer encouraged bidders by emphasizing how important the prop was to the film, reports the Washington Post’s Kim Bellware. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Mar. 2024 Julien was enthralled by the auctioneers’ incantatory patter and their casual command of the room. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2024 The Manhattan district attorney’s office in 2022 accused rock auctioneer Edward Kosinski, rare-book dealer Glenn Horowitz and former Rock & Roll Hall of Fame curator Craig Inciardi of acquiring pages of the Eagles’ manuscripts after they were stolen in the 1970s. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2024 Imagine if Stephen Hawking could communicate faster than a speed typist or auctioneer. Charlie Fink, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 For years, Rybak says, these three overlapping rings manufactured perhaps tens of thousands of fakes and spread them around the globe, generating tens of millions of dollars for themselves, auctioneers and gallery owners. Jordan Michael Smith, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of auctioneer was circa 1708

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“Auctioneer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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auc·​tion·​eer ˌȯk-shə-ˈni(ə)r How to pronounce auctioneer (audio)
: a person in charge of an auction
auctioneer verb

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