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[seylz-pur-suh n] /ˈseɪlzˌpɜr sən/
a person who sells goods, services, etc.
Origin of salesperson
1915-20; sales + person
Usage note
See -person.


[seylz-pee-puh l] /ˈseɪlzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
people engaged in selling.
1875-80, Americanism; sales + people Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • After enduring this task without a fuss, the salesperson offered him a balloon to reward his patience.
  • So a good salesperson considers optimism to be part of his or her job.
  • If you have any doubt, think about the last time you went shopping and the salesperson pressured you buy something.
  • Managers can spot the moment that an embittered salesperson copies a client database onto a flash-memory stick.
  • Nothing happens in business unless the salesperson sells.
  • The salesperson walks in with a humorless professional smile.
  • She was an inspiring teacher, a powerful salesperson and a tireless entrepreneur.
  • That's twice what the average first-year salesperson makes the entire summer.
  • The salesperson has personally invested in the venture.
  • If you truly believe you're offering the customer something worthwhile, you'll be a more effective salesperson.
Word Origin and History for salesperson

1920, from genitive of sale + person.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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