traveling salesman


Definition of traveling salesman

: a traveling representative of a business concern who solicits orders usually in an assigned territory

Examples of traveling salesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The idea of the book is that a traveling salesman named Signor Bianchi calls home every night to tell his daughter a story. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: A Surprising Turn of Fate," 9 Oct. 2020 In the 1890s, when Gillette was a traveling salesman living in greater Boston, facial hair trended toward a tighter, more Kentucky Fried aesthetic that lent itself to frequent grooming. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "The Wild Story of King Camp Gillette," 18 Sep. 2020 His father was a barber and traveling salesman in Chicago, his mother a secretary. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "Trump’s Covid Adviser Gets a Washington Welcome," 4 Sep. 2020 She was born in Toledo, OH on March 25, 1934, but spent much of her time trekking across the country because her father was a traveling salesman. Sarah Midkiff,, "This Is What Gloria Steinem Was Doing At Your Age," 12 Aug. 2020 In the first episode, a traveling salesman documents a poltergeist using his cell phone during his motel stay, but he is soon possessed by the spirit of a murderer – and finds himself in need of an exorcism. Katey Clifford, oregonlive, "Dan Aykroyd narrates ‘Hotel Paranormal’ | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time," 12 July 2020 According to Frenchy's, Percy Creuzot was a New Orleans native, and came to Houston in 1965 to work as a traveling salesman. Shelby Stewart, Houston Chronicle, "51 years strong: Frenchy's remains a beloved Houston institution," 29 June 2020 The 68-year-old former traveling salesman is the owner of the Dixie General Store, one of the places where those who want to remember the Confederacy take their stand and buy its emblems. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama Confederate flag store draws national attention, sales," 23 June 2020 Original proponents of the practice included railway workers, traveling salesmen, and other residents that tended to spend summers out-of-state, thus missing primary elections. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "How absentee ballots and voter fraud stopped Texans from voting by mail," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of traveling salesman

1833, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2020

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“Traveling salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of traveling salesman

: a person whose job is to travel to different places in a particular area and to sell products or get orders from customers

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