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

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 Tacey Powers, the executive vice president and general merchandise manager for shoes at Nordstrom, urges shoppers to get fitted by a salesperson. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 To my left, a Michael Kors salesperson chatted with a couple as, on my right, young men studied fancy watches in an I.W.C. Schaffhausen. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 She’s held various jobs, from tech salesperson to blogger. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 8 Sep. 2023 From there, the bot powered by OpenAI’s technology via Microsoft’s cloud functions similarly to Twilio’s but also shows the salesperson a confidence score for every answer. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 5 Oct. 2023 Young Chinese take a stand against pressures of modern life — by lying down Over at the Pacific Department Store shopping mall, shoppers flooded in on its last day of operation, jostling with salespeople boxing up inventory. Meaghan Tobin, Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2023 At the beginning of her career, Hardison held several roles in New York’s Garment District, becoming the first Black salesperson to work in a showroom, as well as an office manager and a fit model, per Vogue’s Joan Morgan. Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 The retailer expects to have 500 people on staff in its new Chandler store, including cashiers, salespeople, stockers and Ferris wheel attendants. The Arizona Republic, 8 Aug. 2023 Google has just begun rolling out the RFP tool to its salespeople and expects to save tens of thousands of hours of labor annually. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of salesperson was in 1844

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“Salesperson.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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sales·​per·​son -ˌpərs-ᵊn How to pronounce salesperson (audio)
: a person employed to sell goods or services

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