[ shoh-fer, shoh-fur ]
/ ˈʃoʊ fər, ʃoʊˈfɜr /


a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner.
a person employed to drive a car or limousine that transports paying passengers.

verb (used with object)

to drive (a vehicle) as a chauffeur.
to transport by car: Saturday mornings I have to chauffeur the kids to their music lessons.

verb (used without object)

to work as a chauffeur: He chauffeured for a time right after the war.


Nearby words

  1. chaucer,
  2. chaucer, geoffrey,
  3. chaucerian,
  4. chaudfroid,
  5. chauffer,
  6. chauffeuse,
  7. chaulmoogra,
  8. chaulmoogra oil,
  9. chaumont,
  10. chauncey

Origin of chauffeur

1895–1900; < French, equivalent to chauff(er) to heat (see chafe) + -eur -eur

Related formsun·chauf·feured, adjectivewell-chauf·feured, adjective

Can be confusedchauffeur shofar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chauffeur


/ (ˈʃəʊfə, ʃəʊˈfɜː) /


a person employed to drive a car


to act as driver for (a person)he chauffeured me to the stadium; he chauffeurs for the Duke
Derived Formschauffeuse (ʃəʊˈfɜːz), fem n

Word Origin for chauffeur

C20: from French, literally: stoker, from chauffer to heat

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