traveling salesman


a male representative of a business firm who travels in an assigned territory soliciting orders for a company's products or services.

Origin of traveling salesman

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

Examples from the Web for traveling salesman

  • A traveling-salesman from Suva, thin and wiry, had been in dispute with a new civil officer.

    The Pacific Triangle|Sydney Greenbie