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[awk-shuh-neer] /ˌɔk ʃəˈnɪər/
a person who conducts sales by auction.
verb (used with object)
to auction (something).
Origin of auctioneer
1700-10; auction + -eer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for auctioneer
  • Tables were arranged in a huge square around the perimeter of the hotel's main ballroom, with an auctioneer at the head.
  • As instructions come in over cell phones, bids are conveyed to the auctioneer through mysterious hand gestures.
  • Only one bid had been left beforehand with the auctioneer, a punt by a private collector hoping to snap up a bargain.
  • The auctioneer indulged the chattiness or indecision of telephone bidders, but above all there were many intense bidding wars.
  • Advertising for a specific auction must contain the name of the licensee and an indication that he/she is an auctioneer.
  • Find out how to get an auctioneer certificate of registration before acting as an auctioneer.
  • The auctioneer may withdraw the goods at any time until he/she announces completion of the sale.
  • Every individual, before acting as an auctioneer, shall obtain an auctioneer certificate of registration.
British Dictionary definitions for auctioneer


a person who conducts an auction by announcing the lots and controlling the bidding
(transitive) to sell by auction
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for auctioneer

1708 as a noun; 1733 as a verb; see auction + -eer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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