colporteur

colporteur

[kol-pawr-ter, -pohr-; French kawl-pawr-tœr]
noun, plural colporteurs [kol-pawr-terz; French kawl-pawr-tœr] .
1.
a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
2.
a peddler of books.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French, equivalent to colport(er) (see colportage) + -eur -eur

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colporteur (ˈkɒlˌpɔːtə, French kɔlpɔrtœr)
 
n
a hawker of books, esp bibles
 
[C18: from French, from colporter, probably from Old French comporter to carry (see comport); influenced through folk etymology by porter à col to carry on one's neck]
 
'colportage
 
n

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