chauf·​feur | \ ˈshō-fər How to pronounce chauffeur (audio) , shō-ˈfər How to pronounce chauffeur (audio) \

Definition of chauffeur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person employed to drive a motor vehicle


chauffeured; chauffeuring\ ˈshō-​f(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce chauffeur (audio) , shō-​ˈfər-​iŋ \

Definition of chauffeur (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to do the work of a chauffeur chauffeured for a millionaire

transitive verb

1 : to transport in the manner of a chauffeur chauffeurs the children to school
2 : to operate (something, such as an automobile) as chauffeur chauffeur a limousine

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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").

Examples of chauffeur in a Sentence

Verb He chauffeurs for a millionaire. She was chauffeured to the airport. He chauffeured his client to the hotel.
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First Known Use of chauffeur


1899, in the meaning defined above


1917, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for chauffeur

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of chauffeur was in 1899

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“Chauffeur.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chauffeur

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of chauffeur (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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


chauf·​feur | \ ˈshō-fər How to pronounce chauffeur (audio) , shō-ˈfər \

Kids Definition of chauffeur

: a person hired to drive people around in a car


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