Meaning of voyageur in English:



  • (in Canada) a boatman employed by the fur companies to transport goods and passengers to and from the trading posts on the lakes and rivers.

    ‘To begin with, he sketches the canoe routes, touching on the fur trade and the penetration of the continent by the voyageurs.’
    • ‘The early voyageurs called their wool caps ‘tuques,’ and it never went away.’
    • ‘Natives and the 18th and 19th century French-Canadian traders known as voyageurs were also impressed; they left offerings of tobacco to the cliff.’
    • ‘Scottish merchants used their transatlantic connections to drive Franco-American competitors from the market, but for the retail end of their commerce they relied on the same voyageurs as had their predecessors.’
    • ‘Neither do we have a clear sense of how the everyday activities of the priests, voyageurs, habitants, military personnel, and their families were influenced by close interactions with Native groups on the frontier.’



/ˌvɔɪəˈʒəː/ /ˌvwɑːjəˈʒəː/


French, literally ‘voyager’, from voyager ‘to travel’.