[kol-pawr-ter, -pohr-; French kawl-pawr-tœr]
- a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
- a peddler of books.
Origin of colporteur
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Examples from the Web for colporteur
“I take but the proper price,” answered the colporteur, returning most of them to him.Count Ulrich of Lindburg
On a shelf in a corner lay the Bible which the family had received from the colporteur.
It was found to correspond exactly with that of the colporteur!
But these are not my words,” said the colporteur, “they are the words of God.
When they had finished, the colporteur said: "It is good to pray, I believe!"On the Seaboard
- a hawker of books, esp bibles
C18: from French, from colporter, probably from Old French comporter to carry (see comport); influenced through folk etymology by porter à col to carry on one's neck
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