trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \

Definition of tradesman

1 : a worker in a skilled trade : craftsman
2 : one who runs a retail store : shopkeeper

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Examples of tradesman in a Sentence

electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen He joined the tradesmen's union.

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Not far away, Longmire stumbles upon the apparent suicide of Miguel Hernandez, a Chilean shepherd, immigrant and purported political dissident who advocated for the decent treatment of nomadic tradesmen like himself. Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times, "4 new crime books to intrigue you," 30 Aug. 2019 And local tradesmen have contributed their time and expertise to bring the new 3,800-square-foot space up to code. Janice Steinhagen,, "PIN Food Pantry Move Sparks Community Generosity," 24 June 2019 Richardson and the Coast Miwok operated the estuary as a safe harbor for whalers and tradesmen who’d drop anchor for a week to weather a storm or replenish their fresh water. Joe Kloc, Harper's magazine, "Lost at Sea," 10 June 2019 The tradesmen shops of the old old town have been repurposed as souvenir depots and jewelry stores. Erik R. Trinidad, National Geographic, "Find traditional eats in modern Macau," 8 Apr. 2019 From tradesman tool to off-road warrior to bling machine, there's a truck for pretty much everyone. Kirk Seaman, Car and Driver, "2019 Editors' Choice Awards: The Best Trucks, SUVs, and Vans," 24 Jan. 2019 Much like how plumbers, electricians, and other tradesmen install and service other equipment in a home. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Former Alexa smart home chief and Windows Media Center founder joins Control4," 2 Aug. 2018 The commission is considering recommendations that would ensure codes are updated in state statutes and mandate more training for tradesmen, said state Senator Nick Collins, a South Boston Democrat who serves on the commission. Danny Mcdonald,, "Relatives of two Boston firefighters killed in Back Bay blaze to testify on ‘hot work’ bill on Beacon Hill," 11 July 2018 The heaviest chainmail shirt on display Saturday weighs upward of 60 pounds, Gooch said, so whoever owned something like that would have needed enough money to buy it from a skilled tradesman in the days when metal was hard to come by. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "At Viking Fest, watch fighters whack each other, eat turkey legs and try on chainmail," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tradesman

circa 1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tradesman was circa 1591

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English Language Learners Definition of tradesman

: a person who works in a job that requires special skill or training
chiefly British : someone who sells or delivers goods


trades·​man | \ ˈtrādz-mən How to pronounce tradesman (audio) \
plural tradesmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of tradesman

1 : a person who runs a retail store

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