plural noun
trades·​peo·​ple | \ ˈtrādz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tradespeople (audio) \

Definition of tradespeople

: people engaged in trade

Examples of tradespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are also tradespeople in town and servants that get caught in their web, as well as the Queen herself. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Your Guide To Bridgerton’s Sprawling (& Scandalous) Cast Of Characters," 26 Dec. 2020 On a summer morning, the market streets crowded with tradespeople and townsfolk alike. Ew Staff,, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 Farmers and tradespeople had some autonomy over their time. Pete Wells, New York Times, "This Thanksgiving, It’s Time to Stop Nap-Shaming," 24 Nov. 2020 The folks at Rated People, a popular UK platform that connects homeowners with local tradespeople, wanted to see which celebrity homes were getting keyed into Google the most worldwide. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "These Are the Most Googled Celebrity Homes in the World," 9 June 2020 At the height of the lockdown, tradespeople weren’t able to go into homes to carry out work, and building materials were unavailable. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "How self-employed women in Britain slipped through the coronavirus safety net," 3 July 2020 For the same reason, skilled tradespeople like electricians and plumbers, who are always overworked after disasters, will be in even shorter supply. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The US is in for a brutal—and expensive—hurricane season," 21 May 2020 Opendoor spent $132 million on local contractors and tradespeople in 2019, $11 million of which went to workers in the Houston area. R A Schuetz, Houston Chronicle, "Zillow's iBuyer losses are rising as it seeks scale," 24 Feb. 2020 Koehler said contractors are beginning to worry about losing skilled tradespeople as well. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Construction projects at Michigan schools delayed — and it could cost more in the long run," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of tradespeople

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tradespeople was circa 1652

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15 Jan 2021

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“Tradespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tradespeople

: people who work in a trade : people whose professions require special skills and work that is done with the hands
British : people who own and run shops : shopkeepers or merchants


noun plural
trades·​peo·​ple | \ ˈtrādz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tradespeople (audio) \

Kids Definition of tradespeople

: people engaged in occupations requiring manual or mechanical skill

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