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 Delivery delays can cause a domino effect of rescheduling work crews, which is worsened by a shortage of skilled tradespeople in many markets. WSJ, 9 Jan. 2022 Restaurant reservations and appointments with tradespeople are being canceled at a stunning pace — not because of restrictions this time, but because workers are getting sick. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Older tradespeople kept retiring and fewer young people want to work with their hands. Mark Strassmann, CBS News, 2 Dec. 2021 Planning for this project began in 2017 and construction was accelerated because tradespeople were named essential workers during the pandemic, making this wing ready for total occupancy six months sooner than initially planned. Bob Bong,, 5 Oct. 2021 Preservation Massachusetts maintains a directory of consultants, contractors, and tradespeople who specialize in historic homes throughout the region., 19 Sep. 2021 Now that graying army — of shopkeepers, tradespeople, managers, teachers, and laborers — is busy recalibrating its work and retirement trajectories., 11 Sep. 2021 Before tradespeople start dreaming about a fancy-pants Work Truck or Custom model, Chevy limits the new interior and upgraded features to the LT trim and up. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 9 Sep. 2021 That figure includes millions of sole-proprietor companies, such as tradespeople for hire, freelancers of every stripe, and gig workers earning a living through platforms like Uber and DoorDash. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 4 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of tradespeople

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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“Tradespeople.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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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
: 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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