[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.


[seylz-pee-puh l]

plural noun

people engaged in selling.

Origin of salespeople

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; sales + people Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for salesperson

1920, from genitive of sale + person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper