Voyageur meaning

voiə-zhûr, vwäyä-zhœr
A woodsman, boatman, or guide employed by a fur company to transport goods and supplies between remote stations in Canada or the US Northwest.
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(historical) In Canada,
  • (former) A person who transported goods and passengers by boat to trading posts for the fur companies.
  • Any woodsman or boatman of the Canadian wilds.
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A trader, particularly in furs, who worked (explored) in the area of Canada and the northern United States from the 16th to early 19th centuries; they were often of Quebecois extraction.
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Origin of voyageur

  • French traveler from voyager to travel from voyage journey from Old French veyage voyage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French (below)

    From Wiktionary