[seylz-woo m-uh n]

noun, plural sales·wom·en.

a woman who sells goods, services, etc.

Origin of saleswoman

First recorded in 1695–1705; sales + woman

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for saleswoman

Contemporary Examples of saleswoman

Historical Examples of saleswoman

  • Wilhelmine smiled, but—would this saleswoman never have done!

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

  • You can be a type-writer, or a stenographer, or a private secretary, or saleswoman.

    Girls and Women

    Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

  • She was seated, and a saleswoman was exclaiming discreetly at her elbow.

  • He observed with interest the wonderful figure of the saleswoman.

    Red Pepper Burns

    Grace S. Richmond

  • Kitty looked her disappointment, and the saleswoman came to the rescue.

    Blue Bonnet in Boston

    Caroline E. Jacobs

Word Origin and History for saleswoman

1704, from genitive of sale + woman.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper