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voyageur

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Pronunciation: /ˌvwʌjəˈʒəː
 
, ˌvɔɪə-/

Definition of voyageur in English:

noun

historical
(In Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies to transport goods and passengers to and from the trading posts on the lakes and rivers.
Example sentences
  • 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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