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 And probably nobody could have sold the government and the public on bailing out Chrysler in the 1970s than Lee Iacocca, the nation's consummate salesman. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca wasn't perfect: 3 times the auto icon got it all wrong," 6 July 2019 Three of the passengers — veterinary receptionist Becky Dobson, 27; her boyfriend and car salesman Stuart Hill, 30; and Hill’s brother, 32-year-old lawyer Jason Hill — died at the crash site. Washington Post, "Tourist’s parents file lawsuit in Grand Canyon copter crash," 7 Mar. 2018 On Sunday, young and old alike meandered down Montrose Street checking out vendors including nut salesman John Peever. Jason Ruiter,, "Clermont decides farmers market doesn't need to copy Winter Garden," 17 Feb. 2018 Ken Aebi, a medical supply salesman in Portland who’d become Epley’s friend, felt helplessly embarrassed for him. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019 In one incident, a man called the corporate office of his job using racial slurs and asking for the now-car salesman. Essence, "DeAndre Harris Says He Still Receives Threats From White Supremacists More Than Two Years After Charlottesville," 17 Sep. 2019 Go there on a Saturday at 5 p.m., and the place may be empty — until a large, friendly cohort of business-suited salesmen from the Wire and Cable Manufacturers Alliance streams in from the Convention Center. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: Lbar in Hartford Marriott a welcome place to be, with unexpectedly good food," 10 Sep. 2019 Shedrick, who went by Shade and worked as a tire salesman in New Jersey, hadn’t lived on Silver Dollar Road in 27 years. Lizzie Presser, ProPublica, "The Reels Brothers Spent Eight Years in Jail for Refusing to Leave It.," 15 July 2019 After climbing the ranks from teenaged barista to green coffee salesman, Nicholas-Fulmer is CEO of the 56-employee company. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "How East Bay specialty coffee importer Royal Coffee is bringing transparency to the industry," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Salesman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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