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colporteur

[kol-pawr-ter, -pohr-; French kawl-pawr-tœr] /ˈkɒlˌpɔr tər, -ˌpoʊr-; French kɔl pɔrˈtœr/
noun, plural colporteurs
[kol-pawr-terz; French kawl-pawr-tœr] /ˈkɒlˌpɔr tərz; French kɔl pɔrˈtœr/ (Show IPA)
1.
a person who travels to sell or publicize Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
2.
a peddler of books.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French, equivalent to colport(er) (see colportage) + -eur -eur
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British Dictionary definitions for colporteur

colporteur

/ˈkɒlˌpɔːtə; French kɔlpɔrtœr/
noun
1.
a hawker of books, esp bibles
Derived Forms
colportage, noun
Word Origin
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
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