sales·​man ˈsālz-mən How to pronounce salesman (audio)
plural salesmen
: a person (especially a man) whose job is to sell a product or service in a given territory, in a store, or by telephone compare salesperson, saleswoman

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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Word History

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salesman was in 1523

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“Salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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sales·​man -mən How to pronounce salesman (audio)
: one who sells in a specific territory or in a store

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