plural noun
sales·​peo·​ple | \ ˈsālz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce salespeople (audio) \

Definition of salespeople

: persons employed to sell goods or services

Examples of salespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These days, the customer is expected to accept any level of service offered, even if that means long lines at the one cash register open, or salespeople not knowing their own product line. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Hate lousy service? You’re not alone (not that this changes anything)," 21 Oct. 2019 Occupations making less than the housing wage include fast-food workers; retail salespeople; cashiers; laborers and freight, stock and material movers; waiters; janitors and cleaners; and stock clerks and order fillers. Jordyn Grzelewski,, "Not making enough to pay rent? Ohio’s most-common occupations usually don’t, report shows," 18 June 2019 Among the most common occupations for mothers — janitors, building cleaners, maids and housekeepers and cashiers and retail salespeople — pay is less than $11.50 per hour, the NWLC reported. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Moms Equal Pay Day: 'Shocking' statistics explain why working moms are so stressed," 10 June 2019 Immediately the top salespeople quit, Ford sales fell, and GM picked up the lost market share. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Selling Autos Direct," 27 Jan. 2018 In jeweler Tiffany’s massive showroom, there were at least 10 salespeople and no customers on a recent afternoon. Washington Post, "Hong Kong in recession as protests slam retailers, tourism," 1 Nov. 2019 Most people know about one of the greatest salespeople of all time, Steve Jobs. Tiernan Ray, Fortune, "The A.I. of the Deal: These Data-Rich Startups Want to Automate Sales," 2 Sep. 2019 Vymo was initially developed by shadowing top salespeople for six months when the company was in its development phase. Tiernan Ray, Fortune, "The A.I. of the Deal: These Data-Rich Startups Want to Automate Sales," 2 Sep. 2019 That's prompting a surge in jobs in the cannabis trade, ranging from retail salespeople to accountants. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "At some colleges, students can now bone up on marijuana," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of salespeople

1876, in the meaning defined above

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“Salespeople.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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