plural noun

sales·​peo·​ple ˈsālz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce salespeople (audio)
: persons employed to sell goods or services

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web No salespeople, no secretaries, no nobody except for the producers and writers were allowed in those Monday morning meetings. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 6 May 2023 Last year alone, the company hired two new top-notch salespeople (most of whom worked previously for big-brand names), bringing the total to seven, and another watchmaker — also bringing the total to seven. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 He was struck by a sense of desperation among the salespeople. Daisuke Wakabayashi, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2023 Directed by Ben Affleck with a screenplay by Alex Convery, ‘Air’ is a soulless dramatization of how a giant corporation convinced a promising NBA rookie to make its already wealthy and well-off board members, CEOs, and salespeople even wealthier and set for life. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 That came after Salesforce reportedly assigned top salespeople unrealistic goals, such as signing hard-to-win customers. Paige Mcglauflin, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2023 Presentation skills are a must for this level for many reasons, but the most important one is that these executives are typically the first company salespeople. Expert Panel, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Long ago, on gloomy February days with the roads a mess, car salespeople in Massachusetts would chain-smoke and complain how few customers came into their showrooms during the coldest, shortest month of the year. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 18 Feb. 2023 Tad Friend’s safari into the world of modern-day door-to-door salespeople? Longreads, 29 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of salespeople was in 1876

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“Salespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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noun plural
sales·​peo·​ple -ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce salespeople (audio)
: people employed to sell goods or services

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