a traveling distributor or seller of Bibles, religious tracts, etc.
Origin of colporteurFr, peddler; altered by associated, association with col, neck from Old French comporter: see comport
A peddler of devotional literature.
Origin of colporteurFrench alteration ( influenced by col neck, from the idea that peddlers carry their wares on trays suspended from straps around their necks ) of Old French comporteur from comporter to conduct, peddle ; see comport .
- A peddler of publications, especially of religious books