sales·​man | \ ˈsālz-mən \

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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Paul was a cell phone salesman before stepping on stage and has since become an opera star. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Untold Story of 'AGT' Star Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" Audition," 19 Dec. 2018 The company also replaced its chief plane salesman twice this year. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Airbus Picks Future Chief Executive," 8 Oct. 2018 Among them: Jeff Bridges as a con-man pretending to be a priest, the MCU’s Chris Hemsworth as a cult leader, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm as a vacuum salesman, and Dakota Johnson as a swaggering gangster. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The Verge fall movie preview, October 2018," 5 Sep. 2018 The Associated Press later reported that his assailant, lumber salesman Sam Dozier, pleaded guilty to assault charges and was fined $78.75. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Richard Valeriani, NBC News correspondent bludgeoned for civil rights coverage, dies at 85," 19 June 2018 Heatec, the Tennessee company that makes industrial heating equipment, put its eight salesmen in matching checked dress shirts with the company’s logo over the breast pocket. Houston Chronicle, "OTC Notebook: Do clothes make the sale?," 2 May 2018 Even though there were initial hints of nervousness displayed by a few of the teens, all of them pitched their apps with a charm and friendliness that would have made your old-timey corner salesman proud. Danielle C. Belton, The Root, "How Physics Works and Other Things I Learned at All Star Code’s 5th Anniversary Celebration," 14 Apr. 2018 But while the show finished its nine-season run nearly five years ago, fans have never forgotten their favorite prankster paper salesman. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Internet Reactions to John Krasinski’s A Quiet Place Prove The Office Will Follow Him Forever," 9 Apr. 2018 Brendan Kelly owns a team in Major League Lacrosse, but is also one of its top salesmen. Mike Preston,, "Preston: Pro lacrosse hoping to have turned corner after struggling to catch on in Baltimore," 6 Apr. 2018

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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 \
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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