voyageur

[ vwah-yah-zhur, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr ]
/ ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜr, ˌvɔɪ ə-; French vwa yaˈʒœr /

noun, plural vo·ya·geurs [vwah-yah-zhurz, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr]. /ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜrz, ˌvɔɪ ə-; French vwa yaˈʒœr/.

(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.

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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

voyager, voyageur
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British Dictionary definitions for voyageur

voyageur
/ (ˌvɔɪəˈdʒɜː) /

noun Canadian

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

Word Origin for voyageur

C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage
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