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 During the roughly eight-month project, the students will work alongside Habitat’s construction staff and professional tradespeople. Rosemarie Dowell,, "Leesburg High students earn valuable experience teaming with Habitat to build house," 28 Aug. 2019 This season, say tradespeople, things are even worse. John Reed, Los Angeles Times, "Tourism was a powerful economic engine in Thailand. Then a boat full of Chinese sank," 23 Aug. 2019 Armed with an education in business management, marketing experience and optimism, the South Windsor resident attended a recent Meriden job fair for tradespeople considering a career in teaching. Stephen Singer,, "Connecticut is one of just three states where workforce has contracted since the Great Recession," 26 July 2019 Without a new generation of tradespeople to replace the retiring baby boomers, employers are already scrambling to meet their production goals. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Beyond the construction site – alternative work options for trades workers," 13 July 2019 Offerpad, which tends to embark on more involved renovations than its rivals, has home-rehab specialists like those seen on HGTV and tradespeople such as painters on its full-time payroll. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The Future of Housing Rises in Phoenix," 19 June 2019 The company hires professional tradespeople who act as mentors for the young employees, teaching them a work ethic and life coping skills along with professional skills. Sheila Vilvens,, "Northside man in Washington, D.C. to receive national award," 18 June 2019 According to a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra financial document obtained by The Baltimore Sun, 39.5 percent of the money the organization owed to tradespeople was more than 60 days overdue as of April 24. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "BSO owed vendors $2.1 million as of April, nearly doubling amount owed 19 months ago," 25 June 2019 Apart from hitting Volkswagen and other German carmakers, officials warn that a ban could paralyze bus companies, garbage collection services and tradespeople who rely heavily on diesel vehicles. Washington Post, "Court considers banning diesel cars in German cities," 22 Feb. 2018

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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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