[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
Can be confusedvoyager voyageur Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for voyageur

Historical Examples of 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.

    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


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

Word Origin for voyageur

C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage
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