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voyageur

[vwah-yah-zhur, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr]
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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.
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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
Can be confusedvoyager voyageur
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Examples from the Web for voyageur

Historical Examples

  • The day of the voyageur was gone, and lines of steamboats crowded its wharf.

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII No. 6 June 1848

    Various

  • 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.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • A voyageur fell at my side, and another dropped in front of me.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon

  • And with equal promptness came the “Eight hundred” of the voyageur.

    Lost Face

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for voyageur

voyageur

noun Canadian
  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
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Word Origin

C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage
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