coureur de bois

[ koo-rœr duh -bwah ]
/ ku rœr də ˈbwɑ /

noun, plural cou·reurs de bois [koo-rœr duh -bwah]. /ku rœr də ˈbwɑ/. French.

a French or French-Indian trapper of North America, especially of Canada.

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Origin of coureur de bois

Literally, “runner, hunter of (the) woods”

Words nearby coureur de bois

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Example sentences from the Web for coureur de bois

  • Priest and seigneur, habitant and coureur-de-bois were one and all difficult to fit into accepted English ways.

    The Canadian Dominion|Oscar D. Skelton
  • I was prepared to encounter the other coureur-de-bois, and there he was, ferret-face peering and sniffing at us as we approached.

    Cardigan|Robert W. Chambers
  • I want it at once—one with the long hair of a French-Canadian coureur-de-bois.

British Dictionary definitions for coureur de bois

coureur de bois
/ (French kurœr də bwa) /

noun plural coureurs de bois (kurœr də bwa)

Canadian history a French Canadian woodsman or Métis who traded with Indians for furs

Word Origin for coureur de bois

Canadian French: trapper (literally: wood-runner)
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