Definition of tradesman in English:



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

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