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[treydz-pee-puh l] /ˈtreɪdzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
those persons who are engaged in trade; tradesmen.
Chiefly British.
  1. tradesmen.
  2. shopkeepers collectively.
Also, tradesfolk
[treydz-fohk] /ˈtreɪdzˌfoʊk/ (Show IPA)
Origin of tradespeople
First recorded in 1720-30; trade + 's1 + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • tradespeople became sweet and pliant—the plucking of a goose with golden feathers was not an every-day event.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • I have informed her that she is to refer all tradespeople to Nevin.

  • The former was that of the tradespeople, who disliked them because they got their windows broken.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • She was writing down some orderings for the tradespeople on a piece of paper.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • We are going to set all the tradespeople on earth loose upon the house in a few days.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Some of these, of both sexes, were well dressed: they were tradespeople.

  • She had nothing to expect; she looked down on the tradespeople, and the residents looked down on her.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • He was the baronet's son, and they were the sons of his father's tradespeople.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The tradespeople not being allowed to go backwards and forwards, victuals were on the point of failing.

  • Why should he have made friends with these tradespeople if he had not been in love with the wife?

British Dictionary definitions for tradespeople


plural noun
(mainly Brit) people engaged in trade, esp shopkeepers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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