[muh-sur; French ma-sœr]

noun, plural mas·seurs [muh-surz; French ma-sœr] /məˈsɜrz; French maˈsœr/.

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 confusedmasseur masseuse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for masseur

Contemporary Examples of masseur

Historical Examples of masseur

  • 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.


    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.

British Dictionary definitions for masseur



a man who gives massages, esp as a profession

Word Origin for masseur

C19: from French masser to massage
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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