Cain was born in Tennessee; his mother was a cleaning woman, and his father was a chauffeur and janitor.
The apartment was given to the chauffeur of Lavrenti Beria, the head of the NKVD.
But soon after, I remember feeling very, very stoned and asking his chauffeur to take me back to the car.
1896, originally "a motorist," from French chauffeur, literally "stoker," operator of a steam engine, French nickname for early motorists, from chauffer "to heat," from Old French chaufer "to heat, warm up; to become hot" (see chafe). The first motor-cars were steam-driven. Sense of "professional or paid driver of a private motor car" is from 1902.
The '95 Duryea wagon, which won the Chicago contest Fall, was exhibited at the Detroit Horse Show last week. Charles B. King, treasurer of the American Motor League, acted as "chauffeur," as the French say. ["The Horseless Age," April 1896]
1902, from chauffeur (n.). Related: Chauffeured; chauffeuring.