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.

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That's Missouri Congressman Billy Long who also happens to be an auctioneer drowning out a protester at Wednesday's social media hearing. Fox News, "Watters' Words: A tale of two presidents," 8 Sep. 2018 The celebrity auctioneer for the evening gala was KNBC weatherman Fritz Coleman. Carol Cormaci,, "La Cañada History: Man suffers serious burns after fire breaks out at his Gould Avenue home," 4 June 2018 Adding more reporting will result in a significant burden on small to midsize auctioneers, and raises the question of what is art? WSJ, "Distinguish Between Tractors and Basquiats," 14 Dec. 2018 That price can be high, which is why the vaults are mainly visited by auctioneers, high-end restaurants, collectors and even the occasional celebrity. James Bartlett,, "Need a silver spoon from Henry VIII's time? Shop the London Silver Vaults, the largest retail silver sellers in the world," 22 June 2018 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

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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 How to pronounce auctioneer (audio) \

Kids Definition of auctioneer

: a person who runs an auction

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