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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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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 well-chauffeured

chauffeur

n.

1896, originally "a motorist," from French chauffeur, literally "stoker," operator of a steam engine, French nickname for early motorists, from chauffer "to heat," from Old French chaufer "to heat, warm up; to become hot" (see chafe). The first motor-cars were steam-driven. Sense of "professional or paid driver of a private motor car" is from 1902.

The '95 Duryea wagon, which won the Chicago contest Fall, was exhibited at the Detroit Horse Show last week. Charles B. King, treasurer of the American Motor League, acted as "chauffeur," as the French say. ["The Horseless Age," April 1896]

v.

1902, from chauffeur (n.). Related: Chauffeured; chauffeuring.

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