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

Definition of salesman

: 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

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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 Like tens of thousands of Floridians, the former technology salesman and his partner lost income during the pandemic and were unable to keep up with the bills. Trevor Fraser, Orlando Sentinel, 20 Apr. 2022 He was born on Jan. 11, 1932, in Altus, Okla., where his father, Milton Hamilton, was a salesman and his mother, Elizabeth (Garnett) Hamilton, was a homemaker. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2022 His father was a novelty salesman and his mother a writer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Mar. 2022 The former car salesman and cellular-phone store manager threw himself into the study of smoked meat and expanded to ribs, and purchased multiple Traeger pellet smokers, sometimes lining them up in the backyard seven or eight in a row. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Along with the support from Miguel (Jon Huertas), the Pearson matriarch went speed dating and was reintroduced to Matt (Matt Corboy) — the salesman and single father from season 3 whose kids attended middle school with the Big Three. Karen Mizoguchi,, 1 Feb. 2022 As Randele, he got married, had a child, and worked as a car salesman and golf instructor. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 Nov. 2021 To quote the great salesman and living meme Relly B, the girls are going where the money resides. Ineye Komonibo,, 6 Nov. 2021 After three years at the Met, Hollein, at least to me, seems a good salesman and showman who knows contemporary art best. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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16 May 2022

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“Salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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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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