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[muh-sur; French ma-sœr] /məˈsɜr; French maˈsœr/
noun, plural masseurs
[muh-surz; French ma-sœr] /məˈsɜrz; French maˈsœr/ (Show IPA)
a man who provides massage as a profession or occupation.
Origin of masseur
From French, dating back to 1875-80; See origin at massage, -eur
Can be confused
masseur, masseuse. Unabridged
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  • I'll send you round a masseur, and I'll write to your father, so he'll not be alarmed.

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • I was a masseur; and my fingers bled With wonder as I touched their awful limbs.

    Silverpoints John Gray
  • While I was resting my masseur came and gave me face massage.

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch
  • The masseur is an Englishman and has seen most of my pictures.

    My Wonderful Visit Charlie Chaplin
  • She said they wanted to try and call on the American consul, too, to ask about a masseur.

  • Instantly a man appeared, naked to the waist, after the fashion of a masseur at the bath.

    Herodias Gustave Flaubert
  • My masseur did not reply, but laughed and rubbed still harder.

    Atlantida Pierre Benoit
British Dictionary definitions for masseur


a man who gives massages, esp as a profession
Word Origin
C19: from French masser to massage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for masseur

"man who works giving massages," 1876, from French masseur, masc. agent noun from masser (see massage). Native massagist (1889), massager (1921) have not displaced it, though the latter is used in purely mechanical and figurative senses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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