[treydz-muh n]

noun, plural trades·men.

a person engaged in trade.
a worker skilled in a particular craft; artisan; craftsman.
Chiefly British. a shopkeeper.

Origin of tradesman

First recorded in 1590–1600; trade + 's1 + -man

Usage note

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

Examples from the Web for tradesman

Historical Examples of tradesman

  • His wife was the daughter of a Taunton tradesman, and of handsome appearance.

  • Has not your family, Madam, some one tradesman they deal with, who has conveniences of this kind?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • How, then, could I face them with the declaration that I meant to become a tradesman?

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Someone—not the grocer or a tradesman—was driving to the village.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • God is no tradesman that he should chaffer for the forgiveness of sins.

British Dictionary definitions for tradesman


noun plural -men

a man engaged in trade, esp a retail dealer
a skilled worker
Derived Formstradeswoman, fem n
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