noun (plural routiers pronunc. same)
- 1A member of a band of mercenaries in France in the late medieval period: the widely scattered bands of plundering routiersMore example sentences
- Soon would appear the routiers, mercenary armies that served one king or the other or, when neither king could pay, would roam the countryside in search of plunder.
- As the Hundred Years' War more serious, and especially as more and more routiers spread warfare everywhere, it became more desirable to leave Avignon.
- In the 11th and 12th centuries the Low Countries were a prime recruiting ground for mercenary troops, or routiers.
- 2(In France) a long-distance lorry driver: [as modifier]: a genuine French routier bistroMore example sentences
- The Tory press, fresh from lambasting the French routiers for clogging up the ports, is praising British truckers for holding the country hostage.
French, from route 'road'.