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 Ironically, coming up with a time-saving itinerary is easy compared to other problems that the traveling salesman might face. John Horgan, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 Jules was working as a traveling salesman in Turin when his son was born. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, 14 May 2020 Another application yields a quick-and-dirty solution of the traveling salesman problem. Ian Stewart, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 The famous play Death of a Salesman explores the moral dilemmas of a traveling salesman. John Horgan, Scientific American, 3 Sep. 2021 As national production and distribution became increasingly centralized, the role of the traveling salesman, and the idea that selling was exclusively a man’s job, appeared inefficient relics of the old system. Ellen Wayland-smith, WSJ, 29 June 2021 According to Frenchy's, Creuzot was originally from New Orleans and came to Houston in 1965 to work as a traveling salesman. Shelby Stewart, Chron, 2 July 2021 Wesson and DuPay managed to uncover the scheme anyway, leading the feds to bust a traveling salesman, Charles Eugene Wright, in Las Vegas. oregonlive, 3 May 2021 The 2003 film, adapted from a 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace, is a wild, whimsical journey of a charismatic traveling salesman, Edward — who spins impossibly tall tales — and his son Will, a journalist who seeks the truth. Stephen Hudak,, 20 June 2021

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First Known Use of traveling salesman

1833, in the meaning defined above

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7 Oct 2021

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“Traveling salesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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