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voyageur

[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)
1.
(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
1785-1795
1785-95; < French: traveler, equivalent to voyag(er) to travel (derivative of voyage journey; see voyage) + -eur -eur
Can be confused
voyager, voyageur.
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  • Also within the stockade were a carved seal and map detailing the voyageur's route.
British Dictionary definitions for voyageur

voyageur

/ˌvɔɪəˈdʒɜː/
noun (Canadian)
1.
(history) a boatman employed by one of the early fur-trading companies, esp in the interior
2.
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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