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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The two-day event has a packed lineup of presentations and events, including the biggest money-maker on Friday night — live and silent auctions with professional auctioneer Dan Newman of Alaska Premier Auctions and Appraisals in Anchorage. Laine Welch, Anchorage Daily News, "Hagfish study looks at potential of ‘slime eels’ to become a new fishery for Alaska," 5 June 2018 Bidding for the two Alamo Double Decker Trolley Tour buses and the trolley car starts at $5,000 for each, according to the auctioneer’s website. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, "Seized double-decker buses headed to auction," 21 June 2018 There's no doubt that smooth and fast-talking auctioneers are impressive, but inspiring? Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Livestock Auctioneers are Inspiring a New Genre of Music," 5 July 2016 The merger took an old model of cruise line retail and put it on steroids by placing the marketers, art auctioneers, duty-free shops and port retailers all into the same hands. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 Hossein Pakdel, a renowned theater actor with a luxurious silver mane, served as the auctioneer, reading out lot numbers and prices in a beautiful cadence. Ramin Mostaghim,, "U.S. sanctions hurt, but Iran's wealthy find solace in art," 3 July 2018 As fundraising for the school is the focus, the silent auction kept parents busy bidding, with Rob Krieger and Ryan Naquin as the live auctioneers garnering bids for a number of lots. Sue Strachan,, "BBQ and blue jeans set the mood for Stuart Hall School for Boys benefit," 15 May 2018 The auctioneers, who have been trained in specialized auction schools, and this music pairs together perfectly. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Livestock Auctioneers are Inspiring a New Genre of Music," 5 July 2016 The second clip shows Tatum Holloway, a 26-year-old South African art auctioneer in town for a training, walking up to a Miami Lakes McDonald's drive-through, chatting with the cashier and ordering a burger and fries. David Ovalle,, "19 drinks on Miami Lakes lawyer's bar tab; video caught him stumbling before fatal crash," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of auctioneer

circa 1708, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of auctioneer was circa 1708

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English Language Learners Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction


auc·tion·eer | \ˌȯk-shə-ˈnir \

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: a person who runs an auction

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to reject or criticize sharply

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