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[vwah-yah-zhur, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr] /ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜr, ˌvɔɪ ə-; French vwa yaˈʒœr/
noun, plural voyageurs
[vwah-yah-zhurz, voi-uh-; French vwa-ya-zhœr] /ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜrz, ˌvɔɪ ə-; French vwa yaˈʒœr/ (Show IPA)
(in Canada) a person who is an expert woodsman, boatman, and guide in remote regions, especially one employed by fur companies to transport supplies to and from their distant stations.
Origin of voyageur
1785-95; < French: traveler, equivalent to voyag(er) to travel (derivative of voyage journey; see voyage) + -eur -eur
Can be confused
voyager, voyageur. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for voyageur


noun (Canadian)
(history) a boatman employed by one of the early fur-trading companies, esp in the interior
a woodsman, guide, trapper, boatman, or explorer, esp in the North
Word Origin
C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage
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