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noun, plural sales·la·dies.
a saleswoman.
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Origin of saleslady

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; sales + lady
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What does saleslady mean?

Saleslady is another word for a saleswoman—a woman whose job is to sell products or services.

The term saleslady is especially associated with women who work in retail stores, as opposed to those who work as saleswomen in other settings, but it can be used in either way. The terms salesperson and sales rep (or sales representative) are often used in place of terms that specify gender.

The sales in saleslady refers to the type of occupation or the division or department within a company.

A saleslady can sell directly to customers or to other businesses or organizations. Sometimes, salesladies sell things in person, such as at a retail store or dealership. They also commonly sell things over the phone or by communicating with people online.

The word saleslady can be used in a somewhat figurative way to refer to a woman who’s skilled at persuading people, especially in a business or professional setting, as if they are selling them a product. But the words salesman, saleswoman, and salesperson are more commonly used to mean this.

Example: The saleslady told me that this was the best deal she could give me.

Where does saleslady come from?

The first records of the word saleslady come from the 1850s. It’s formed the same way as saleswoman, which uses the more common ending -woman.

The job of a saleslady is to sell, and to sell they have to convince the customer to buy. For this reason, salesladies have a reputation for sometimes being aggressive or putting pressure on the customer, especially in retail settings, like furniture or electronics stores. Also contributing to this reputation is the fact that some salesladies are at least partly paid on commission—a percentage of sales that goes into their pay. Of course, this reputation isn’t always warranted—a lot of salesladies genuinely want to help you find the right product. Still, a lot of people try to avoid salesladies when shopping due to feeling pressured.

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What are some other forms related to saleslady

  • salesladies (plural)

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How is saleslady used in real life?

Saleslady is much less commonly used than saleswoman. Both terms are often replaced with salesperson or sales rep.



Try using saleslady!

Which of the following terms can be used as a synonym for saleslady?

A. sales rep
B. sales representative
C. salesperson
D. all of the above

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