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

Definition of tradespeople

: people engaged in trade

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Carpentry Carpenters range from being the most specific construction tradespeople (framers, deck builders, and finish carpenters) to being generalists that can frame a house, install vinyl siding, and build forms for concrete. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Become a Skilled Tradesperson," 13 Mar. 2019 Choose a remodeler who has established relationships with reliable tradespeople. Denny Conner, The Seattle Times, "A major remodel requires the right pro — and lots of patience," 5 Feb. 2019 JM Brennan differentiates itself by providing superior tradespeople and technicians. Jessica Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "JM Brennan has 85 years of building success from the ground up," 4 May 2018 Last year, at least half of homebuilders reported a serious shortage of framing crews, carpenters, bricklayers and other tradespeople, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "With construction workers scarce, homebuilders turn to robots, software," 25 June 2018 Chefs were just starting to being thought of skilled craftsmen, women and tradespeople, but also thought leaders, influencers, and media icons. Craig Laban,, "Anthony Bourdain: Philly chefs share their memories," 8 June 2018 My experience is not uncommon among homeowners looking to hire tradespeople. New York Times, "Being Ghosted By the Contractor," 8 June 2018 The practice dates back to the medieval times, when tradespeople clamored to earn the royal seal of approval as a way of signaling to the public that their goods and services were — literally — fit for a king or queen., "These Beauty Products Have The Official Royal Seal Of Approval," 18 May 2018 The full-time employees losing their jobs include electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled tradespeople needed to operate and maintain a large events venue. James B. Nelson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Many long-time Bradley Center workers will not have jobs at the new Bucks arena," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of tradespeople

circa 1652, in the meaning defined above

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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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