Definition of voyageur in English:

voyageur

Syllabification: vo·ya·geur
Pronunciation: /ˌvwäyəˈZHər, ˌvoi-ə-
 
/

noun

historical
  • (Especially in Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies in transporting goods and passengers to and from trading posts.
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    • To begin with, he sketches the canoe routes, touching on the fur trade and the penetration of the continent by the voyageurs.
    • The early voyageurs called their wool caps ‘tuques,’ and it never went away.
    • Natives and the 18th and 19th century French-Canadian traders known as voyageurs were also impressed; they left offerings of tobacco to the cliff.

Origin

French, literally 'voyager', from voyager 'to travel'.

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