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 This year’s auctioneer was Bob Hale, who works exclusively with non-profits. cleveland, "Education Foundation auction earns thousands for Berea Schools: Community Voices," 24 Apr. 2020 Before entering the field, Biaggi had studied to become an auctioneer, graduating at the top of his class, administered by France’s National Chamber of Auctioneers. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "A Perfectly Layered Apartment on Paris’s Right Bank," 4 Feb. 2020 The Live Auction emcee is City of Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmermann and the auctioneer is former Commissioner James Patterson. Jessica Kij, Houston Chronicle, "The genie is out of the bottle for the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Annual Gala," 13 Dec. 2019 Trump has made the Environmental Protection Agency into an auctioneer of public lands, which has in turn rapidly undone commonsense regulation. Lauren Groff, Harper's magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 1 Mar. 2020 The family hired an auctioneer to sell the family’s belongings to help pay for her then-86-year-old mother’s long-term care facility. Nick Penzenstadler, USA Today, "As reverse mortgages end, heirs are left with heartache," 19 Dec. 2019 Through the patronage of Low, Najib, and his family, huge sums flowed to Hollywood studios, Las Vegas casinos, jewel merchants, art auctioneers, and other vendors catering to the super-rich. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 And yet a rattan bar cart from the 1950s — charming if a little flimsy-looking — went for $1,500, five times the auctioneer’s predicted price. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Why Cocktail Hour Is Back," 25 Apr. 2020 Over the past week in San Francisco, auctioneers twice clashed with sheriff’s deputies. J.k. Dineen,, "Foreclosure sales continue in Bay Area during coronavirus crisis," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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“Auctioneer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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) \

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: a person who runs an auction

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