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[treydz-muh n] /ˈtreɪdz mən/
noun, plural tradesmen.
a person engaged in trade.
a worker skilled in a particular craft; artisan; craftsman.
Chiefly British. a shopkeeper.
Origin of tradesman
1590-1600; trade + 's1 + -man
Usage note
See -man. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the string the tradesman had touched went on vibrating notwithstanding.

    Debit and Credit Gustav Freytag
  • His wife was the daughter of a Taunton tradesman, and of handsome appearance.

  • A mechanic, a tradesman, or a boatman makes the most solemn promise of service at a certain time.

  • Has not your family, Madam, some one tradesman they deal with, who has conveniences of this kind?

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • A common tradesman cannot afford to let his son spend a third of his life in abstract studies.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • I looked forward to the Sunday, and the tradesman and his wife did not fail me.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • To everything its own organ; you cannot weigh truth in a tradesman's scales or measure thought with a yard-stick.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Such a master goldsmith was no tradesman, in our sense of the word.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • He was knocked down to a tradesman in the same street—twenty-one shillings the price of this door (mock mahogany).

  • You wouldn't be above teaching a tradesman's son to begin with?

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for tradesman


noun (pl) -men
a man engaged in trade, esp a retail dealer
a skilled worker
Derived Forms
tradeswoman, noun:feminine
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