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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There’s no simple mathematical formula to find the most efficient route for our salesman. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Cell Hints at a Solution to the Biggest Problem in Computer Science," 27 Dec. 2018 This newer route offers a great alternative for people who hate shopping for mattresses because there are less options to compare and no salesmen to deal with. Amy Roberts, Good Housekeeping, "The Definitive Guide to Buying a Mattress," 14 Nov. 2018 Zhang Haitao, a Han Chinese electronics salesman who complained online about the treatment of Uighurs, was sentenced to 19 years in prison in 2016. Dake Kang, Fox News, "Critic of China's internments says Turkey may bar his family," 18 Sep. 2018 Simons, 61, originally from the Netherlands, had worked as a design store owner, a furniture designer, and a real estate salesman. Diane M. Fiske,, "Former Philly warehouse is transformed into an industrial-style home," 11 July 2018 Still, his task will be simple compared to Gretzky’s job as an ambassador and salesman for a largely strange game. Helene Elliott,, "The Great One and The King: Two transcendent athletes changing L.A. landscape 30 years apart," 3 July 2018 That same year a Vortex salesman named Leo Hulseman —a South Dakota native whose success would later bankroll a side career as a prominent North Shore polo player — left the company to start his own cup business. Christopher Borrelli,, "That red plastic cup is a Chicago original. Proceed to party.," 29 June 2018 Coaches always say their players are the program’s best salesman. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "This week in Mizzou recruiting: In-state football & the case of a KC-area basketball player | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 The film opens on a shopper and a car salesman, with the film slowly dissolving between the two of them and the car. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and more," 8 Dec. 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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