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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Synonyms for salesman


clerk, salesclerk, salesperson

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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

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But as Haimes subtly points out, these games of mass manipulation have consequences that the salesmen don’t always see. Washington Post, "ESPN’s new film says as much about America as it does about competitive eating," 1 July 2019 The Houston wine salesman celebrated his 26th birthday with a Dynamo home game against Minnesota United in the U.S. Open Cup on June 18 last season. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "How Minnesota United fans fueled a meme that became the ‘Dylan Wolpers Derby’," 17 June 2019 Ward said the store’s three salesmen were overwhelmed by the response to the original promotion and was getting inquiries from other states. Fox News, "Ford asks dealer to end free shotgun promotion after fatal shooting at California store," 27 June 2019 As a top salesman at computing giant Intel, Frank A. Johnson was involved in deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars with some of the biggest businesses around the globe. Ian Duncan,, "Meet Baltimore's IT director, who stepped away from a corporate career and into a ransomware crisis," 27 June 2019 The group portraits of draft classes from that decade look like meetings among prosperous Chrysler salesmen. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "The Evolution of N.B.A.-Draft Fashion," 26 June 2019 By contrast, wrestlers—used to competing as individuals rather than working with teammates—may make great solo-focused salesmen. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Which Career Is Best For You? The Clues Lie in Your College Sport," 26 June 2019 Ballentine’s father is a salesman for a home improvement firm, and Navarro Simmons, 40, is a financial adviser who recently took up bodybuilding. David Waldstein, New York Times, "The Giants Changed Corey Ballentine’s Life. Hours Later So Did a Bullet.," 24 June 2019 Nitin Kumar, a young automobile salesman in South Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, isn’t having the best of days at work. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Car dealerships in Delhi wear a deserted look as there’s no end to India’s auto blues," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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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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