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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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 His father was a salesman for a supplier of chemicals. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "William Lupien, Former CEO of Instinet and Technology Pioneer, Dies at Age 79," 30 Apr. 2021 Al Pacino plays Aldo Gucci, whom his granddaughter remembers as an expert salesman who opened Gucci stores on Rome's via Condotti and in New York, bringing in VIP clientele and expanding the brand's global reach. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Gucci heirs worry over family depiction in Ridley Scott film," 15 Apr. 2021 Two sets of encyclopedias followed, thanks to a door-to-door salesman. The Economist, "Larry McMurtry died on March 25th," 10 Apr. 2021 Boehner grew up in a family of Democrats but gravitated toward the Republican Party after finishing college and becoming a salesman at a plastics company. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Belly up to the bar with John Boehner for nostalgic tales of government paralysis," 9 Apr. 2021 The next shot is of the antiseptic office where Gianfranco Curti, an elegant truffle salesman, pitches the fungi that the dogs dig up to wealthy clients and five-star chefs around the world., "In ‘The Truffle Hunters,’ Old Masters of a different sort of art," 7 Apr. 2021 Zhong, who reportedly dropped out of school at age 12 and once worked as a construction worker and erectile dysfunction pill salesman, founded the beverage firm in 1996. Jennifer Wang, Forbes, "The 10 Richest Chinese Billionaires In 2021," 6 Apr. 2021 Arthur Lee Koenig was born on May 10, 1937, in Manhattan, the son of Henry Koenig, an advertising salesman, and Maxine (Dubin) Koenig. New York Times, "Arthur Kopit, Whose ‘Oh Dad’ Shook Up the Theater, Dies at 83," 3 Apr. 2021 Kozera, a former oil and gas salesman who now serves as Shale Crescent’s head of marketing, responded by suggesting the paper run a five-part series, authored by himself, about how to return jobs to the Mid-Ohio Valley by embracing natural gas. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Fracking Shill Local Newspapers Love to Publish," 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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4 May 2021

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“Salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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