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 The daughter of a shoe salesman and a beautician, Gagnon was a native of Presque Isle, Maine, who picked up dressmaking skills from her grandmother and never formally studied design. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Jessica McClintock, who dressed women in calico and lace, dies at 90," 13 Mar. 2021 By day, Pete is a golf apparel salesman, but he's been making music in Nashville for a long time and is trying to take it to the next level. Maggie Fremont,, "The Voice season premiere recap: A blast from Blake Shelton's past takes the stage," 2 Mar. 2021 Nostalgia is another enticement here, whether induced by a Saturday Evening Post cover illustrated by Norman Rockwell or the premier issue of Mac World with a photo of Steve Jobs leaning over his new products with the smirk of an appliance salesman. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, "An Epic Exhibit Of Historic Magazines Gives A New Reading On Today’s Troubling Social Media," 26 Feb. 2021 Melancholy and remote, Barbara gradually overcomes her anxiety at joining the competitive dating scene at the Villages, with the help of a hard-partying golf-cart salesman known around the Villages as the Margarita Man. Ben Crandell,, "Sex, drugs and pickleball: What a 24-year-old filmmaker learned about growing old in the Villages," 29 Dec. 2020 In this propulsive, satirical novel, Mateo Askaripour recounts the rise and fall of a young Black salesman at an all-white NYC tech startup. Rachel King, Fortune, "21 books to look forward to in 2021," 26 Dec. 2020 His father, Adolfo, had been born in Puerto Rico and became a salesman and a laborer. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "Adolfo Quiñones, an Early Star of Street Dance, Dies at 65," 13 Jan. 2021 Starring Amy Irving as a single woman in New York City and Riegert as a pickle salesman and unlikely romantic hero, the movie remains something of the benchmark for a contemporary romantic comedy. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, "Joan Micklin Silver, director of ‘Hester Street’ and ‘Crossing Delancey,’ dies at 85," 2 Jan. 2021 Kicking off his stint at Capitol/EMI as a salesman and district sales manager in San Francisco in the 1960s, Zimmerman rose to the top of the heap in 1976, when he was appointed executive vp and COO of Capitol Records. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Don Zimmerman, Former Capitol Records President, Dead at 85," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of salesman

1523, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salesman was in 1523

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10 Apr 2021

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“Salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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