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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Georgeff, a part owner of Paint Doctors and an insurance salesman, and Otto, an engineer, are keeping their day jobs while the brewery gets off the ground. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Rebellion Brewing opens its doors in Cedarburg, in the former Silver Creek Brewing space," 10 July 2018 Herman Roth, the son of Jewish immigrants, then went to work as a salesman for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., despite, according to some reports, open anti-Semitism by his bosses. Scott Martelle,, "Philip Roth dies at 85; novelist both probed and skewered Jewish American culture," 23 May 2018 Being a salesman for natural gas is definitely NOT in Pruitt’s job description. Umair Irfan, Vox, "5 lies Scott Pruitt told this week about his mounting scandals," 7 Apr. 2018 Miller is running in the March 6 Republican primary election against Trey Blocker, a conservative podcaster and former Austin lobbyist, and former insurance salesman and rancher Jim Hogan. Andrea Zelinski, San Antonio Express-News, "Perry backs a second term for Sid Miller," 18 Jan. 2018 Over the opening credits, Collet-Serra covers roughly a year in the life of Michael MacCauley (Liam Neeson), an ex-cop turned insurance salesman. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Transit The Commuter is the first great movie of 2018," 16 Jan. 2018 Neeson plays Michael McCauley, an ex-cop who has spent his last 10 years as a life insurance salesman, commuting Monday through Friday into Grand Central from his family’s suburban home up the Hudson in Tarrytown, N.Y. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, "Review: Liam Neeson hops aboard another ho-hum thriller," 11 Jan. 2018 The son of a pizzeria owner turned insurance salesman, Laikin came from a striving Indiana family. Benjamin Wallace, HWD, "Can Anyone Repair National Lampoon’s Devastated Brand?," 1 May 2017 Portillo and Farias are among the ranchers, truck salesmen and retirees who live on the Old Military Highway. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "For Texas ranchers living along border fence, talk of an illegal crossing crisis is exaggerated," 1 July 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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