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 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 CenterStage presents the story of the 1960's girl group the Dreamettes and their relationship with a former Cadillac salesman, an up and coming songwriter. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville concerts this week: Rob Thomas, JoJo Siwa, Dracula and more," 30 Aug. 2019 His father was a salesman for Sears in Rochester, his mother a homemaker. Sam Roberts,, "Richard Rosenbaum, truest of Rockefeller Republicans, is dead at 88," 4 Aug. 2019 Woerner, the car salesman, sold the Wynns their home on a land contract, too., "From the Editor: Until you experience it, it's hard to comprehend the hidden costs of being poor," 13 June 2019 The controversial billboard in NC depicting members of 'The Squad' is coming down, according to Danny Coleman, a salesman for Allison Outdoor Advertising. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A controversial billboard targeting the freshmen congresswomen known as the 'Squad' is coming down in North Carolina," 2 Aug. 2019 Perhaps the most dominant contemporary VC firm, Sequoia Capital, was founded by Don Valentine, a salesman at Fairchild. Avi Asher-schapiro, The New Republic, "The Very Small World of VC," 18 July 2019 Outgoing and good at explaining how things worked, Glenn began his career as an appliance salesman at Better Homes in Fredrick Md., "Glenn Huffer," 23 June 2019 Kirk Palmatier, a salesman at the Brass Knob Architectural Antiques in Washington (202-332-3370;, said after looking at the sculpture. Jeanne Huber, sacbee, "No need to get all bent over sculpture rust," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of salesman was in 1523

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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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