[treydz-pee-puh l]

plural noun

those persons who are engaged in trade; tradesmen.
Chiefly British.
  1. tradesmen.
  2. shopkeepers collectively.

Also trades·folk [treydz-fohk] /ˈtreɪdzˌfoʊk/.

Origin of tradespeople

First recorded in 1720–30; trade + 's1 + people Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for tradespeople

Historical Examples of tradespeople

  • Yet—ah, the point is not important; the tradespeople should not have trusted you.

  • She went to market with the cook, and called in person on the tradespeople.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • Most butlers exacted commissions from tradespeople, so he had been told.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He was the baronet's son, and they were the sons of his father's tradespeople.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • They lived anyhow, and owed money to all the tradespeople round.

    Olive in Italy

    Moray Dalton

British Dictionary definitions for tradespeople


tradesfolk (ˈtreɪdzˌfəʊk)

pl n

mainly British people engaged in trade, esp shopkeepers
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