plural noun
sales·​peo·​ple | \ˈsālz-ˌpē-pəl \

Definition of salespeople 

: persons employed to sell goods or services

Examples of salespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

The result is that the company has had to lay off at least a handful of salespeople and lost $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2018. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "The 5,000% price hike that made Martin Shkreli infamous is no longer paying off," 19 July 2018 SolarCity saw its share of national residential solar installations shrink in 2017, and the company has closed installation locations while laying off salespeople. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla’s latest production troubles are happening at its solar factory," 8 Aug. 2018 Some door-to-door salespeople will move into an area for a period of time and pitch unwanted and often fraudulent solicitations for a variety of products and services. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Follow tips for dealing with door-to-door salesmen," 15 Mar. 2018 Women are more effective salespeople, women are better investors. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Business management expert and author Tom Peters on Recode Decode," 7 July 2018 There Ford purchased 14 dealerships and cut that number down to nine locations, and immediately half of the salespeople at those stores quit. Ed Wallace, star-telegram, "Selling Autos Direct," 27 Jan. 2018 Meanwhile, general laborers have seen their wages bumped up a couple dollars to $12 or $13 an hour, which is at least a 30 percent premium over what most cashiers in the state earn and slightly more than what retail salespeople earn., "The Amazon Effect Is Reshaping Life in This Georgia County," 27 Feb. 2018 Kate and Andy, who reportedly met while working as salespeople at a Carter’s Men’s Clothing in Phoenix, Ariz., sold and stepped away from their company in 2006 to spend more time with their daughter. Jessica Fecteau,, "Inside Kate and Andy Spade's 24-Year Marriage: 'They Seemed to Be a Perfect Couple'," 5 June 2018 After the training, the ambassadors will go back to their campuses to work alongside local New Belgium salespeople. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "This brewery is looking for college ambassadors — and they're offering FREE BEER!," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'salespeople.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of salespeople

1876, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about salespeople

Share salespeople

Statistics for salespeople

Last Updated

18 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for salespeople

The first known use of salespeople was in 1876

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on salespeople

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with salespeople

Comments on salespeople

What made you want to look up salespeople? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


having a pattern of small flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!