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

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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More than 35 years after Kevin O’Loughlin was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl in Framingham, a jury on Tuesday found the gourmet food salesman did not commit the crime and awarded him $5 million in damages. Jenifer Mckim,, "Jury clears former inmate in 1982 rape, awards him $5 million in damages," 8 May 2018 Voters in 2014 elected Mr. Widodo, a former furniture salesman who has won high approval ratings for cultivating a clean image and demonstrating a deft touch with constituents. Ben Otto, WSJ, "With Fatwas and Blasphemy Claims, Cleric Emerges as a Force in Indonesia," 23 Jan. 2019 Stop Motion by Michele Doying / The Verge Ian Balina, a former IBM salesman who became a full-time cryptocurrency trader and pundit, is not known for his modesty. Adrianne Jeffries, The Verge, "Hackers keep robbing cryptocurrency YouTubers," 17 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, Ford enjoyed record earnings in 2015 and 2016, then decided to fire the CEO who brought the company to that pinnacle and go with a former furniture salesman instead. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Where Is 2018 Trending?," 10 Feb. 2018 Michael Taylor is a columnist for the San Antonio Express-News and a former Goldman Sachs bond salesman. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, "Super Bowl fans, and billionaire NFL owners, can thank taxpayers for the new Minneapolis stadium," 5 Feb. 2018 The salesman, a tall Korean in his mid-20s, told me all about the auntie who had made it. Monica Kim, Vogue, "Is It Real—And Does It Matter? How Korea’s Counterfeit Culture Shaped My Style," 27 Aug. 2018 Seated in the dining room of his Ashburton home, the 93-year-old real estate salesman displays a sharp memory. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: James Crockett — A look back on 90 years," 3 Mar. 2018 Elsewhere, Miami erupted into riots following the acquittal of white police officers who killed black salesman and retired Marine Arthur McDuffie in what many called a case of police brutality. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019

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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 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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