[seylz-pee-puh l]

plural noun

people engaged in selling.

Origin of salespeople

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; sales + people


[seylz-pur-suh n]


a person who sells goods, services, etc.

Origin of salesperson

First recorded in 1915–20; sales + person

Usage note

See -person. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salespeople

Contemporary Examples of salespeople

Historical Examples of salespeople

  • Very naturally, the merchants and the salespeople did not like this.

    The King's Cup-Bearer

    Amy Catherine Walton

  • She had vaguely heard that shopwalkers in England could make or break the salespeople.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

  • And the several thousand salespeople in the huge store were slangily nicknamed "Peter Rolls's hands."

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

  • In an instant she realized that the pads upon which salespeople did hasty sums must be called check books, anyhow in America.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

  • About hours—we close at the right time, but the salespeople are kept late, often very late, looking over stock.

    Winnie Childs

    C. N. Williamson

Word Origin and History for salespeople



1920, from genitive of sale + person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper