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[seylz-muh n] /ˈseɪlz mən/
noun, plural salesmen.
a man who sells goods, services, etc.
Origin of salesman
1515-25; sales + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the snake oil salesman makes claims that usually cannot be substantiated.
  • It concerned a sort of high tech door-to-door salesman who had the ability to transport himself great distances instantly.
  • Others ooze the unwholesome patina of snake-oil salesman hoping to make a fast buck.
  • In the first regime one salesman offered one piece of apple for a disc, while the other offered two.
  • Given a list of cities and their distances apart, the salesman must find the shortest route needed to visit each city once.
  • During bargaining for a new car, the salesman brought back a figure with a lower monthly payment but a higher downpayment.
  • In this room there are phaetons and victorias made as tiny as toys, or scaled as salesman's models.
  • And a top salesman often makes more than somebody else.
  • The salesman made some notations on a pad and recommended tailoring.
  • The following week, the dealership's management asked the salesman to remove the posts, and he immediately complied.
British Dictionary definitions for salesman


noun (pl) -men
Also called (fem) saleswoman, (fem) salesgirl, (fem) saleslady. a person who sells merchandise or services either in a shop or by canvassing in a designated area Gender-neutral form salesperson
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for salesman

1520s, from genitive of sale (cf. craftsman, tradesman) + man (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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