sales·​wom·​an ˈsālz-ˌwu̇-mən How to pronounce saleswoman (audio)
plural saleswomen
: a woman whose job is to sell a product or service in a given territory, in a store, or by telephone compare salesman, salesperson

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the personal-care section, the saleswoman packs my shampoo and takes payment without interrupting her phone conversation. Annie Ernaux, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2023 Eva is a brilliant saleswoman, and Lester loves cooking and spending time with his children. Perri Klass, The New Yorker, 27 Feb. 2023 Barbara Dresner, 95, who worked as a secretary on the Manhattan Project during World War II and afterward spent 46 years as a saleswoman at department stores before retiring in 2004 from Walpole’s Brothers Linens at the Chevy Chase Center, died Nov. 9 at her home in Washington. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2020 His father, also named Frank, was a dog trainer and boarder, and his mother, Virginia (Cassel) Galati, was a saleswoman with Marshall Field, the department store. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 Lyuba, the saleswoman, said the presence of the Terem arms factory, which was shaken by an accidental explosion in 2014, makes Kostenets a Russian target. Boryana Dzhambazova, New York Times, 23 Feb. 2023 María Eugenia Muse, 57, a health-insurance saleswoman, was leaving a polling station in a wealthy neighborhood in Santiago late Sunday afternoon with her 84-year-old mother on her arm. Jack Nicas, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2022 By contrast, there’s a lovely bit when JoJo, an excellent saleswoman, celebrates a deal by sliding into a sequined fantasy dance number. Amy Nicholson, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 Wick laid off Shipe and the only other full-time office employee for the paper, longtime saleswoman Bridget Mackey, with little warning, Shipe said. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, 17 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1704, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of saleswoman was in 1704

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“Saleswoman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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sales·​wom·​an ˈsā(ə)lz-ˌwu̇m-ən How to pronounce saleswoman (audio)
: a woman employed to sell goods especially in a store

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