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chauffeur

[shoh-fer, shoh-fur] /ˈʃoʊ fər, ʃoʊˈfɜr/
noun
1.
a person employed to drive a private automobile or limousine for the owner.
2.
a person employed to drive a car or limousine that transports paying passengers.
verb (used with object)
3.
to drive (a vehicle) as a chauffeur.
4.
to transport by car:
Saturday mornings I have to chauffeur the kids to their music lessons.
verb (used without object)
5.
to work as a chauffeur:
He chauffeured for a time right after the war.
Origin
1895-1900
1895-1900; < French, equivalent to chauff(er) to heat (see chafe) + -eur -eur
Related forms
unchauffeured, adjective
well-chauffeured, adjective
Can be confused
chauffeur, shofar.
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British Dictionary definitions for unchauffeured

chauffeur

/ˈʃəʊfə; ʃəʊˈfɜː/
noun
1.
a person employed to drive a car
verb
2.
to act as driver for (a person) he chauffeured me to the stadium, he chauffeurs for the Duke
Derived Forms
chauffeuse (ʃəʊˈfɜːz) noun:feminine
Word Origin
C20: from French, literally: stoker, from chauffer to heat
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Word Origin and History for unchauffeured
chauffeur
1899, originally "a motorist," from Fr., lit. "stoker," operator of a steam engine, Fr. nickname for early motorists, from chauffer "to heat," from O.Fr. chaufer (see chafe). The first motor-cars were steam-driven. Sense of "professional or paid driver of a private motor car" is from 1902. The verb is first attested 1917.
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