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[seylz-pee-puh l] /ˈseɪlzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
people engaged in selling.
Origin of salespeople
1875-80, Americanism; sales + people


[seylz-pur-suh n] /ˈseɪlzˌpɜr sən/
a person who sells goods, services, etc.
1915-20; sales + person
Usage note
See -person. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Even such customer-oriented salespeople were found to lose all respect from customers for having barked at a co-worker.
  • The college-admissions game isn't so different from recruiting basketball players or salespeople, he says.
  • All other character traits pale into insignificance, that is why salespeople have such radically different personalities.
  • Presumably, clinicians and salespeople excel in sensitivity to others, poets and mystics in sensitivity to themselves.
  • Especially since superstore salespeople tend to be far less knowledgeable.
  • The salespeople want a drill that will do what customers need it to do.
  • salespeople wooed big customers over dinner, explaining what keywords meant and what the prices were.
  • Imagine if these master salespeople took to peddling insurance or vacuum cleaners.
  • The four salespeople were bringing in millions of dollars in sales, and everyone was making money.
  • None of the on-duty salespeople seemed ruffled by the intrusion.
Word Origin and History for salespeople



1920, from genitive of sale + person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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