plural noun

trades·​peo·​ple ˈtrādz-ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tradespeople (audio)
: people engaged in trade

Examples of tradespeople in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The clock is ticking, the planet is sweating, and the trillion-dollar climate action machine is…missing its tradespeople? Jeff Sprau, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 In addition to shows, the center collaborates with Togolese tradespeople and artisans in an effort to highlight their importance to society. Cameron Pugh, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Feb. 2024 Travel back in time to take carriage rides, visit historic sites, wander through museums, and watch colonial tradespeople perform their work, among other ample opportunities. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 28 Feb. 2024 But repetitive hand use stands out as one of the more prominent culprits; the condition is therefore more common amongst occupations such as office workers, factory laborers and tradespeople. Benjamin Plackett, Discover Magazine, 27 Jan. 2024 Not to mention, there’s a huge shortage of skilled tradespeople–the plumbers, carpenters, electricians, and HVAC specialists who actually do the work. Jon Bostock, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 Find local tradespeople who can help reimagine old pieces and give them new life. Patricia Shannon, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Jan. 2024 The shift doesn’t mean engagement rings are about to go on deep discount — the impact is limited to the rough-diamond market, an opaque world of miners, merchants and tradespeople that is several steps removed from the price tags in a jewelry store. Thomas Biesheuvel, Fortune, 3 Sep. 2023 Although a lot of tradespeople utilize the MBTU’s resources, Vietze said that more has to be done to end the stigma. Maggie Scales,, 30 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tradespeople was circa 1652

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“Tradespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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noun plural
trades·​peo·​ple -ˌpē-pəl How to pronounce tradespeople (audio)
: people engaged in trade

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