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[kol-pawr-tij, -pohr-; French kawl-pawr-tazh]
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  1. the work of a colporteur.
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Origin of colportage

1840–50; < French, equivalent to colport(er) to hawk (literally, carry on the neck; see col, port5) + -age -age
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Historical Examples

  • We have ventured to employ the words colporteur and colportage to express the trade and title of those itinerant booksellers.

    History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century, Volume III

    J. H. Merle D'Aubign

  • These are exceedingly rare and were frankly among the works of colportage of their particular period.