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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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  • "In truth, you are so wrapped up that I must take your word for it," replied the auctioneer.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • To my great relief, she was interrupted by the auctioneer, and the sound of his hammer.

  • You shall find a man of letters sharing diggings with an auctioneer, and a medical student pigging with a stockbroker's clerk.

    The King of Schnorrers Israel Zangwill
  • The auctioneer disappeared through the door, and Angelelli put on his hat.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Nor must the teacher be in a hurry, hastening from verse to verse with the nervous dispatch of an auctioneer.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • He might have been very good as an actor; he would have been glorious as an auctioneer.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
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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