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 His father, Ernest, was a traveling salesman, and his mother, Norah (Lawless) Kemp, managed the home. Clay Risen, New York Times, 29 May 2024 Charles Cruft, a traveling salesman who later worked as general manager for a manufacturing company that made dog toys and biscuits, did not put on his first dog show, in Islington, England, before 1891. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2024 Josh Lucas and Stephen Dorff also star in Blood for Dust, which tells the story of Cliff (McNairy), a traveling salesman with financial issues who becomes enveloped in the world of drug trafficking after reuniting with Ricky (Harington). Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2024 Toni Kathrin Stern was born on Nov. 4, 1944, the youngest of two children of Harry Stern, a traveling salesman, and Audrey (Johnson) Stern, an apartment manager. Alex Williams, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2024 Nothing in a professional writer’s life more resembles the life of a traveling salesman than the literary book tour. Vivian Gornick, The New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2023 Jacobson declared bankruptcy in 1925, and the debt followed him in his career as a traveling salesman. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 The modern traveling salesman gave up a 9-to-5 job in his hometown of San Diego in 2016 to follow his best friend to the Sonoran Desert and give vending a try. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 20 Mar. 2023 Related: Harvard Medical School and Partners in Health receive $50 million to launch Paul Farmer Collaborative After graduating in 1958, Cummings got his start selling Vicks VapoRub and Gorton’s frozen fish as a traveling salesman in the 1960s. Jon Chesto,, 24 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of traveling salesman was in 1833

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“Traveling salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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traveling salesman

: a traveling representative of a business who solicits orders

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