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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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  • His wife was the daughter of a Taunton tradesman, and of handsome appearance.

  • Has not your family, Madam, some one tradesman they deal with, who has conveniences of this kind?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • How, then, could I face them with the declaration that I meant to become a tradesman?

    Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • Someone—not the grocer or a tradesman—was driving to the village.

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • God is no tradesman that he should chaffer for the forgiveness of sins.

  • I looked forward to the Sunday, and the tradesman and his wife did not fail me.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • You can bear to think of her, slighted for the daughter of an American tradesman.

    The Traitors

    E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
  • Such a master goldsmith was no tradesman, in our sense of the word.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • You wouldn't be above teaching a tradesman's son to begin with?

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • On their way back Corona summarised him as "a truly Christian tradesman."

    Brother Copas

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
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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