Definition of tradesman in English:



  • A person engaged in trading or a trade, typically on a relatively small scale.

    • ‘It must have been intended as a mechanism for provisioning for the castle and the type of settlers sought were merchants and tradesmen.’
    • ‘The modernisation also meant that the abattoir could easily be used by individual butchers or groups of tradesmen.’
    • ‘We need physicians, lawyers, nurses, educators, technologists and skilled tradesmen.’
    • ‘Most of them are working in relatively low paying jobs, as labourers or tradesmen.’
    • ‘Jack was a tradesman and Alice ran a grocery and general store.’
    • ‘Very close to the house in which I was staying was a working-men's cafe in which builders and other tradesmen took their breakfast.’
    • ‘The idea is to restrict builders and other tradesmen who use the site on a daily basis rather than paying for their vans and lorry loads to be tipped at landfill sites.’
    • ‘Despite having no English or skills, immigrants posing as tradesmen were granted visas that allowed them in to set up their own businesses.’
    • ‘Trading standards chief say that rogue tradesmen are using bad winter weather to rip people off.’
    • ‘Social class was no bar; farmers and any tradesmen who possessed a horse, which they often did, could join.’
    • ‘It was built following the Great Fire of 1653 and was later acquired by the Earl of Ailesbury and leased to a succession of tradesmen.’
    • ‘The work has taken two years and required 40 different tradesmen.’
    • ‘Detectives were today warning people to be on their guard for cowboy tradesmen who may try to rip-off residents in the wake of flooding and gales.’
    • ‘At the same time, 114 of the authority's tradesmen have been told they could be made redundant because of threatened cuts.’
    • ‘Another tradesman in Grattan Street said he heard the motorbike pull up and heard the shot.’
    • ‘With the help of his buddies from work (all master tradesmen in their own right) he slowly modernised it and extended it.’
    • ‘There's much talk at the moment about a general lack of tradesmen and hairdressers about the place.’
    • ‘They were all shopkeepers, tradesmen, workers, and such, not leading men of Boston.’
    • ‘He explained that the work was very specialised and although local tradesmen had been approached, none were considered capable.’
    • ‘It employs 250 hourly paid tradesmen and a number of sub-contractors.’
    shopkeeper, retailer, vendor, merchant, dealer, trader, supplier, stockist
    craftsman, workman, skilled worker, artisan, employee, tradesperson, mechanic
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