auc·​tion·​eer | \ ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir \

Definition of auctioneer

: an agent who sells goods at auction

Examples of auctioneer in a Sentence

The auctioneer started the bidding at $100.

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In the case of the current study, the bidders were selling something (their use of Facebook) to the auctioneers, instead of the other way around. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Economists calculate the true value of Facebook to its users in new study," 27 Dec. 2018 This 1933 Rolls-Royce Rolls On An auctioneer shows off his rare 20/25 Shooting Brake model that predated the modern station wagon Arlan Ettinger with his 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Shooting Brake. A.j. Baime, WSJ, "The Rolls-Royce Rescued From a Georgia Barn," 16 Oct. 2018 House members called for order, and in the confusion that followed, Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) decided to do a quick, comedic turn as an auctioneer. Jen Kirby, Vox, "5 things you may have missed from the Facebook and Twitter hearings on Capitol Hill," 6 Sep. 2018 Affecting the voice of an auctioneer, Long proceeded to conduct a fake auction until Loomer could be removed from the hearing room. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "The 7 biggest moments from today’s social media hearings," 5 Sep. 2018 As a British auctioneer called out bids one night in November, men in white gloves carried pieces of art to the front of a Kia car dealership showroom. Siobhan O'grady,, "As demand for Nigerian art booms abroad, a homegrown movement looks to inspire domestic collectors too," 21 May 2018 Toyosu, which looks more like a modern warehouse, opened last week with the traditional pre-dawn tuna auction accompanied by the rhythmical shouts of auctioneers. Yuri Kageyama, The Seattle Times, "Official: Move of Japan fish market could have been better," 16 Oct. 2018 Dorsey kept his cool through some bizarre moments, most notably a far-right activist screaming and a conservative lawmaker assuming the voice of an auctioneer and staging a faux auction until she could be escorted out of the building. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Congress is getting better at questioning social media executives," 6 Sep. 2018 Sadly, there was no auctioneer available to drown her out that time around. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Alt-right protester interrupts Dorsey hearing. Auctioneer-turned-congressman drones her out.," 5 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of auctioneer

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction


auc·​tion·​eer | \ ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir \

Kids Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction

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