ped·​dler ˈped-lər How to pronounce peddler (audio)
variants or less commonly pedlar
plural peddlers also pedlars
: someone who peddles: such as
: someone who offers merchandise (such as fresh produce) for sale along the street or from door to door
: someone who deals in or promotes something intangible (such as a personal asset or an idea)
influence peddlers

commonly confused with pedaler

Examples of peddler in a Sentence

the peddler on the street corner selling baseball caps
Recent Examples on the Web Influence peddlers both domestic and foreign courted the president to pursue their own priorities; the policymaking process became, in essence, privatized. Fiona Hill, Foreign Affairs, 27 Sep. 2021 In 1742, Franklin repeatedly suspended work on Pamela to print lottery tickets, licenses for peddlers and public houses, sheriff’s warrants, naval certificates, soap wrappers, medical cures, bookplates for libraries, 1,000 hat bills, Irish Society tickets, and thousands of advertisements. Adam Smyth, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 May 2024 The Colonel was old enough to be Brian Epstein’s father, and, in management terms, the distance between them is the journey from the peddler of wares to the custodian of genius. Andrew O’Hagan, The New Yorker, 1 Apr. 2024 One of those reunions is Mat and village peddler/ultra-darkfriend Padan Fain—and, hey, there's the Shadar Logoth dagger! Andrew Cunningham & Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, 6 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for peddler 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peddler was in the 14th century

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“Peddler.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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