[ vwah-yah-zhur, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr ]

noun,plural vo·ya·geurs [vwah-yah-zhurz, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr]. /ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜrz, ˌvɔɪ ə-; French vwa yaˈʒœr/.
  1. (in Canada) a person who is an expert woodsman, boatman, and guide in remote regions, especially one employed by fur companies to transport supplies to and from their distant stations.

Origin of voyageur

1785–95; <French: traveler, equivalent to voyag(er) to travel (derivative of voyage journey; see voyage) + -eur-eur

Words that may be confused with voyageur

Words Nearby voyageur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use voyageur in a sentence

  • Just under an hour from stunning Voyageurs, the sites also have access to a toilet, fire ring, picnic tables, and a real-deal tire swing.

  • As one of the few water-based national parks in the system, it may seem counterintuitive to bring your pup along for the ride up to Voyageurs, but dogs are allowed in all front-country campgrounds within the park and on private boats.

  • The only spot of colour in his costume was the flaming red sash of the voyageur which he passed twice around his waist.

    Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
  • For instance, in some parts of the Hudson's Bay territory, the voyageur is allowed eight pounds of buffalo-meat per diem!

  • He copied steadily in his beautiful commis voyageur handwriting until two o'clock.

    The Devourers | Annie Vivanti Chartres

British Dictionary definitions for voyageur


/ (ˌvɔɪəˈdʒɜː) /

  1. history a boatman employed by one of the early fur-trading companies, esp in the interior

  2. a woodsman, guide, trapper, boatman, or explorer, esp in the North

Origin of voyageur

C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage

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