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

There will be classes that give the 411 on famed contemporary artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Jeff Koons, workshops led by writers, chefs, and auctioneers, plus a live DJ during a Saturday night disco party. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Introducing The Wonder, a Members-Only Club for the Modern Family in New York City," 13 May 2019 The cover of this 2005 auction catalog for a New Orleans auctioneer notes the sale of the estate of Baton Rouge businessman Basil Clovis Hendry. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "How a $450 Million da Vinci Was Lost in America—and Later Found," 18 Sep. 2018 After Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., repeatedly called for Loomer to stand down in the hearing room, or else risk her removal, Loomer continued — which is when Long stepped in with a fast-talking auctioneer chant to drown her out. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Rep. Billy Long, an auctioneer, drowns out protester shouting at Twitter's Jack Dorsey during hearing," 6 Sep. 2018 The amFAR foundation honored model-actress Milla Jovovich, photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and art auctioneer and collector Simon de Pury for their commitment to the fight against AIDS. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Wears the Sexiest Vintage Versace Dress to the amFAR Gala," 8 Feb. 2019 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

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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 How to pronounce auctioneer (audio) \

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: a person who runs an auction

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