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[seylz-muh n] /ˈseɪlz mən/
noun, plural salesmen.
a man who sells goods, services, etc.
Origin of salesman
First recorded in 1515-25; sales + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for salesman
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  • The house was unlocked, their landlord being a salesman at Covent Garden.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
  • As for his not encountering the salesman until now, he had been lucky.

    They Twinkled Like Jewels Philip Jos Farmer
  • She thanked Heaven that Gerald was a genius, not a salesman.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Some customers are slow to open up and extend their confidence to a salesman.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • No salesman ever made a distinct hit by telling vulgar stories.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
British Dictionary definitions for salesman


noun (pl) -men
Also called (fem) saleswoman, (fem) salesgirl, (fem) saleslady. a person who sells merchandise or services either in a shop or by canvassing in a designated area Gender-neutral form salesperson
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for salesman

1520s, from genitive of sale (cf. craftsman, tradesman) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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