salesman

[ seylz-muh n ]
/ ˈseɪlz mən /

noun, plural sales·men.

a man who sells goods, services, etc.

Nearby words

  1. sales trader,
  2. salesclerk,
  3. salesgirl,
  4. salesian,
  5. saleslady,
  6. salesmanship,
  7. salespeople,
  8. salesperson,
  9. salesroom,
  10. saleswoman

Origin of salesman

First recorded in 1515–25; sales + -man

Usage note

See -man.

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British Dictionary definitions for salesman

salesman

/ (ˈseɪlzmən) /

noun plural -men

Also called: (fem) saleswoman, (fem) salesgirl, (fem) saleslady a person who sells merchandise or services either in a shop or by canvassing in a designated areaGender-neutral form: salesperson
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Word Origin and History for salesman

salesman

n.

1520s, from genitive of sale (cf. craftsman, tradesman) + man (n.).

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