from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. People engaged in retail trade.
- n.pl. Skilled workers.
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- n. People engaged in trade.
- n. Skilled workers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. People engaged in trade; shopkeepers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. People employed in the various trades.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. people engaged in trade
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I got the idea when I was in the process of renovating my own home, I found that although it was easy to get the phone number of tradespeople from the Golden Pages or friends of family, it wasn't so easy to progress from there.
Many redtop and mid-market editors, if asked, would opt to be called tradespeople, not professionals.
When I arrived the tradespeople were all excitedly gathered by the balcony watching the water.
The gentry of a small country town could then afford to do with humble attainments in that line, and I am inclined to think the tradespeople were as a rule better informed.
Even the tradespeople will be a trifle the better.
His balance at the banker's is a fact; his good name and credit with the tradespeople is a fact; so is the comfort of his home; so are the health, the morals, the education of his children.
Becky Sharp, Thackeray's anti-hero in Vanity Fair, lived beyond her means and rarely paid her bills, particularly those she owed to "tradespeople" who had provided her with basic but unglamorous services.
Mrs. Emery was one of the women who are always well served by "tradespeople," as she now called them, "and a good reason why," she was wont to explain with self-gratulatory grimness.
And, just the other day, browsing through some Colonial Williamsburg teachers 'brochures that offer literature on how to introduce students to the American Revolution, I encountered the term "tradespeople" in lieu of "tradesmen."
"tradespeople," cause this observer of fine susceptibilities and an acute sense of the becoming to lament the desuetude of the ducking-stool.