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routier

Line breaks: rou|tier
Pronunciation: /ˈruːtɪeɪ
 
, ʀutje/

Definition of routier in English:

noun (plural routiers pronounced same)

1A member of a band of mercenaries in France in the late medieval period: the widely scattered bands of plundering routiers
More 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 bistro
More 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.

Origin

French, from route 'road'.

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