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chauffeur

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noun chauf·feur \ˈshō-fər, shō-ˈ\

Simple Definition of chauffeur

  • : a person whose job is to drive people around in a car

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chauffeur

  1. :  a person employed to drive a motor vehicle

Did You Know?

The first chauffeurs were people employed to stoke a steam engine and keep it running. The literal meaning of the French noun chauffeur (from the verb chauffer, meaning "to heat") is "one that heats." In the early days of automobiles, French speakers extended the word to those who drove the "horseless carriage," and it eventually developed an extended sense specifically for someone hired to drive other people. It was this latter sense that was borrowed into English in the late 19th century. Incidentally, the French word chauffeur derives from the same Anglo-French word that gave English speakers the verb chafe, and ultimately can be traced back to the Latin verb calēre ("to be warm").

Origin of chauffeur

French, literally, stoker, from chauffer to heat, from Old French chaufer — more at chafe


First Known Use: 1899


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chauffeur

verb chauf·feur

Simple Definition of chauffeur

  • : to drive (someone) around in a car as a job : to work as a chauffeur

  • : to drive (someone) in a car to a certain place

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chauffeur

chauffeuredchauffeuring play \ˈshō-f(ə-)riŋ, shō-ˈfər-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to do the work of a chauffeur

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to transport in the manner of a chauffeur <chauffeurs the children to school>

  5. 2 :  to operate (as an automobile) as chauffeur

Examples of chauffeur in a sentence

  1. He chauffeurs for a millionaire.

  2. She was chauffeured to the airport.

  3. He chauffeured his client to the hotel.



1917

First Known Use of chauffeur

1917


CHAUFFEUR Defined for Kids

chauffeur

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noun chauf·feur \ˈshō-fər, shō-ˈfər\

Definition of chauffeur for Students

  1. :  a person hired to drive people around in a car





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