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