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[treydz-muh n] /ˈtreɪdz mən/
noun, plural tradesmen.
a person engaged in trade.
a worker skilled in a particular craft; artisan; craftsman.
Chiefly British. a shopkeeper.
Origin of tradesman
First recorded in 1590-1600; trade + 's1 + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But the string the tradesman had touched went on vibrating notwithstanding.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • The tradesman was put to his trade and the artisan to his calling.

    A Study In Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A mechanic, a tradesman, or a boatman makes the most solemn promise of service at a certain time.

  • The son of a London tradesman, he had inherited an estate in Bedfordshire.

  • A common tradesman cannot afford to let his son spend a third of his life in abstract studies.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • That's a tradesman, that is to say, he's the restaurant keeper, Vereshchagin.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • To everything its own organ; you cannot weigh truth in a tradesman's scales or measure thought with a yard-stick.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • This man, bent double, rushed past the tradesman and the officer.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • He was knocked down to a tradesman in the same street—twenty-one shillings the price of this door (mock mahogany).

  • A daughter was married to a tradesman at Warminster, and was also doing well.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for tradesman


noun (pl) -men
a man engaged in trade, esp a retail dealer
a skilled worker
Derived Forms
tradeswoman, noun:feminine
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