sales·​man·​ship ˈsālz-mən-ˌship How to pronounce salesmanship (audio)
: the skill or art of selling
: ability or effectiveness in selling or in presenting persuasively
political salesmanship

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many people described Taylor to me as a good salesman, and a particular kind of salesmanship did seem to shape his version of events. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 29 Aug. 2022 The second lesson is more tactical: work on your salesmanship. Melanie Curry, Good Housekeeping, 13 Sep. 2022 Shifting consumer opinions, and changing their behavior to choose Champagne as the new alternative, required savvy salesmanship rooted in close observation of his audience. Cathy Huyghe, Forbes, 7 July 2022 The biannual competition saw some of the world’s best cheesemongers compete in tasks testing their technical skill, cheese knowledge and salesmanship. Kayla Samoy, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 This is where your salesmanship comes in handy—know your subject inside out. Manish Gupta, Forbes, 17 June 2022 But some of this was also a feature of a sport that doesn’t require salesmanship in most parts of the world. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 The job includes elements of connoisseurship, salesmanship, sensory training and a firm grasp of geography, history, and microbiology. New York Times, 17 June 2022 True salesmanship lies in empathy—in striking a chord, building a rapport and understanding what your clients need or want. Manish Gupta, Forbes, 17 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of salesmanship was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Salesmanship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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