sales·​per·​son | \ ˈsālz-ˌpər-sᵊn How to pronounce salesperson (audio) \
plural salespeople\ ˈsālz-​ˌpē-​pəl How to pronounce salesperson (audio) \ also salespersons

Definition of salesperson

: a person whose job is to sell a product or service in a given territory, in a store, or by telephone : a salesman or saleswoman

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Examples of salesperson in a Sentence

The company is hiring new salespeople. we asked the salesperson to see if there were any shoes in our size in the stockroom
Recent Examples on the Web Svetlana, 46, was a salesperson at an open-air market back home, while her husband, also 46, worked at a tire repair shop. Hanna Kozlowska, The New Republic, 13 Apr. 2022 Raymond worked as a salesperson at the brand’s Fifth Avenue boutique, which first opened in 1942, for nearly a decade before starting her own line in 2015. New York Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Maxfield defended the Brophys’ multiple life insurance policies as reasonable for a woman who worked as a salesperson for various life insurance companies. Washington Post, 6 Apr. 2022 The old way of marketing meant prospects educated themselves on your website and converted on the phone with a salesperson. Nicolas Vandenberghe, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Communicating online with the internet salesperson, McGuire learned the dealership had two Mercedes. Suzanne Baker,, 19 Jan. 2022 From the article: Anyone who takes the bait gets connected to a real salesperson who tries to close the deal. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 29 Mar. 2022 In a new commercial that aired this week, an AT&T salesperson — Lily, played by Milana Vayntrub — tries to convince Stafford to get a new, free Samsung Galaxy S22 for trading in his old Galaxy. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 18 Mar. 2022 But the advantages of autonomy can be seen at each location, even to each salesperson. Robert Sher, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of salesperson

1844, in the meaning defined above

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7 May 2022

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“Salesperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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