[vwah-yah-zhur, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr]
- (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
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Examples from the Web for voyageur
The day of the voyageur was gone, and lines of steamboats crowded its wharf.
When Ned said this the French-Canadian voyageur looked up and nodded.Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay
G. Harvey Ralphson
It was a man,” the voyageur answered, “and he was swimming this way.
A voyageur fell at my side, and another dropped in front of me.
And with equal promptness came the “Eight hundred” of the voyageur.Lost Face
- history a boatman employed by one of the early fur-trading companies, esp in the interior
- a woodsman, guide, trapper, boatman, or explorer, esp in the North
C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage
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