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[seylz-woo m-uh n] /ˈseɪlzˌwʊm ən/
noun, plural saleswomen.
a woman who sells goods, services, etc.
Origin of saleswoman
First recorded in 1695-1705; sales + woman
Usage note
See -woman. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Wilhelmine smiled, but—would this saleswoman never have done!

    A Nest of Spies Pierre Souvestre
  • You can be a type-writer, or a stenographer, or a private secretary, or saleswoman.

    Girls and Women Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}
  • She was seated, and a saleswoman was exclaiming discreetly at her elbow.

  • He observed with interest the wonderful figure of the saleswoman.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • Kitty looked her disappointment, and the saleswoman came to the rescue.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston Caroline E. Jacobs
  • The saleswoman helped her on with it, and, by accident, it fitted perfectly.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • I chose the department store, and asked the only saleswoman in sight for a collar.

    Riviera Towns

    Herbert Adams Gibbons
  • The more expensive the article to be sold, the more is required from the saleswoman.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
  • In the winter slack season she may find a position as a saleswoman.

    The Canadian Girl at Work Marjory MacMurchy
Word Origin and History for saleswoman

1704, from genitive of sale + woman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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