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 Take note of how other buyers bid and listen to the cadence of the auctioneer’s delivery. Nerdwallet, cleveland, "Tips and traps when buying a used car at auction," 21 Dec. 2019 Philomène Wolf, the auctioneer who discovered the painting, told Le Parisien. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "A masterpiece hung above a woman’s hot plate for years. It could be worth millions.," 25 Sep. 2019 The owner of Billy Long Auctions, LLC, Long worked as an auctioneer for 30 years in Missouri, according to his campaign site. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Rep. Billy Long, an auctioneer, drowns out protester shouting at Twitter's Jack Dorsey during hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 Shorty Yeaman will return as the auctioneer and Jody Teykl as the DJ. Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County calendar of events for the week beginning Dec. 25," 25 Dec. 2019 Jordan has made a splash in the impeachment hearings, sitting hunched in shirt sleeves, peering over his glasses and questioning witnesses with the intensity of a prosecutor, speed of an auctioneer and whirring mind of a conspiracy theorist. Washington Post, "Jim Jordan used to torment GOP leadership. Now he’s leading them in defending Trump.," 21 Nov. 2019 Two auctioneers, Daniel Kruse and Zack Krone, took shifts leading the auction standing at a podium, announcing opening bids, closely scanning the room while simultaneously watching bids online on an iPad and guiding prices upward. Pamela Chelin, Billboard, "Steely Dan's Walter Becker Estate Auction Fetches $3.3M on Hundreds of Guitars, Amps & More," 21 Oct. 2019 An auctioneer spotted the artwork — which measures just eight inches by ten inches — and suggested the woman have a series of tests performed using infrared light to determine its worth. Hannah Chubb,, "A Lost Masterpiece Worth $26 Million Was Discovered in an Unsuspecting Elderly Woman's Kitchen," 29 Oct. 2019 An auctioneer spotted the painting in June while inspecting a woman's house in Compiegne in northern France and suggested she bring it to experts for an evaluation. Thomas Adamson, USA TODAY, "Renaissance masterpiece found in French woman's kitchen sells for $26.6M," 27 Oct. 2019

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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Auctioneer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction


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: a person who runs an auction

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