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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The European planemaker sees demand for between 50 and 100 orders for a longer-range version of the A350 model, capable of flying from Sydney to London nonstop, Airbus’s chief salesman Eric Schulz said in Sydney Sunday. Angus Whitley,, "Airbus Sees Demand Beyond Qantas for Ultra-Long Range Plane," 3 June 2018 William Macy is terrific as Jerry Lundegaard, a naive-but-determined Minneapolis car salesman who tries to solve his debt problems by hiring two lowlifes (Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife (Kristin Rudrud). David Hunter, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fargo': THR's 1996 Review," 8 Mar. 2018 Because of his size, foul trouble can hassle Jones like an overaggressive car salesman. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "The Giants' Giant: 6-8, 350-pound Dawand Jones "a huge, huge factor" for Ben Davis," 26 Feb. 2018 At a Barnes and Noble in West Hartford, a salesman said they’d sold out of their initial stock and compiled a 75-person waitlist. Matthew Ormseth,, "Fire and Fury: New Book About Trump White House Sparks Outrage, Intrigue, Book Sales," 7 Jan. 2018 Boardwalk Empire's Bobby Cannavale is joining the cast of Season 3, playing a laconic, no-nonsense used car salesman. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "'Mr. Robot' Season 3 Has A Release Date," 10 Mar. 2017 Several former employees alleged that some salesmen tacked on these products and waited for customers to object. Peter Whoriskey,, "Unsolicited checks can be a lifeline and an albatross," 2 July 2018 His former boss called him a salesman who never made any investment decisions. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "How a down-and-out broker got University of Michigan to invest $95M," 22 June 2018 All of that can now be done without stepping foot in a dealership — no glad-handing, no salesman trying to stop you from getting away. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Tired of losing business to Carvana, Texas dealerships are selling cars online," 14 June 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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