sales·​man | \ ˈsālz-mən How to pronounce salesman (audio) \

Definition of salesman

: one who sells in a given territory, in a store, or by telephone

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Examples of salesman in a Sentence

He was the company's best salesman last year. a furniture salesman followed us around the whole time we looked for a new couch
Recent Examples on the Web The series provides a platform for junk science, gibberish, and unproven health claims from snake-oil-salesmen guests. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Goop’s Netflix series: It’s so much worse than I expected and I can’t unsee it," 17 Jan. 2020 The Democrats in the race are Tricia Zunker, the president of the Wausau School Board, and Lawrence Dale, an insurance salesman who lives near the Wisconsin border in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ex-Congressman Sean Duffy takes job as CNN contributor," 21 Oct. 2019 The killing Isiah Andrews, a salesman and Marine Corps veteran, married Regina Andrews 24 days before her death. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Cleveland man convicted in 1975 of murder wins new trial over withheld report pointing to different suspect," 1 May 2020 Seeing as how her husband recently quit his job as a hot tub salesman because his boss kissed him, Beth finds a way to kill two birds with one stone. Samantha Highfill,, "Watch Beth confront Gayle in Good Girls finale sneak peek," 1 May 2020 Many young men like him, born into impoverished and landless homes in Western Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, become pheri wallahs or travelling cloth salesman. Harsh Mander, Quartz India, "An Indian cloth trader’s harrowing, 900 km walk home amid coronavirus lockdown," 28 Apr. 2020 DeLeon’s job as a Google Fiber salesman has dwindled as social distancing limits the work to remotely following old leads. Alia Malik,, "Coronavirus pandemic puts squeeze on jobs, internships for San Antonio-area college students," 27 Apr. 2020 Juror John Plaisted said Talkington, the defense lawyer, was unconvincing and looked like a used car salesman. Dallas Morning News, "Texas courts allow hypnosis despite science, overturned convictions," 9 Apr. 2020 His reputation for being a good salesman was not unwarranted. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "This SoftBank-Backed Startup Sought to Disrupt the Car Market. Instead, It Became a Poster Child for Disruption Gone Awry," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2020

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“Salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of salesman

: a person (especially a man) whose job is to sell things


sales·​man | \ ˈsālz-mən How to pronounce salesman (audio) \
plural salesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of salesman

: a person who sells goods or services in a particular geographic area, in a store, or by telephone

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