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tradespeople

[treydz-pee-puh l] /ˈtreɪdzˌpi pəl/
plural noun
1.
those persons who are engaged in trade; tradesmen.
2.
Chiefly British.
  1. tradesmen.
  2. shopkeepers collectively.
Also, tradesfolk
[treydz-fohk] /ˈtreɪdzˌfoʊk/ (Show IPA)
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Origin of tradespeople
1720-1730
1720-30; trade + 's1 + people
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  • tradespeople became sweet and pliant—the plucking of a goose with golden feathers was not an every-day event.

    Cleo The Magnificent Louis Zangwill
  • He was the baronet's son, and they were the sons of his father's tradespeople.

    Tony Butler Charles James Lever
  • The former was that of the tradespeople, who disliked them because they got their windows broken.

    The White Feather P. G. Wodehouse
  • Why should he have made friends with these tradespeople if he had not been in love with the wife?

  • We are going to set all the tradespeople on earth loose upon the house in a few days.

    The Tenants of Malory Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • I have informed her that she is to refer all tradespeople to Nevin.

  • She had nothing to expect; she looked down on the tradespeople, and the residents looked down on her.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • She was writing down some orderings for the tradespeople on a piece of paper.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • The tradespeople not being allowed to go backwards and forwards, victuals were on the point of failing.

  • Some of these, of both sexes, were well dressed: they were tradespeople.

British Dictionary definitions for tradespeople

tradespeople

/ˈtreɪdzˌpiːpəl/
plural noun
1.
(mainly Brit) people engaged in trade, esp shopkeepers
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