chauf·​feur | \ˈshō-fər, shō-ˈ \

Definition of chauffeur 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person employed to drive a motor vehicle


chauffeured; chauffeuring\ˈshō-​f(ə-​)riŋ, 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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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").

Examples of chauffeur in a Sentence


He chauffeurs for a millionaire. She was chauffeured to the airport. He chauffeured his client to the hotel.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite all advanced tech required to create a working robot chauffeur, the entire thing is surprisingly portable. Erin Biba, Popular Mechanics, "Robot, You Can Drive My Car," 8 Aug. 2018 Other women already own cars driven by chauffeurs and are in no rush to drive themselves. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi women finally have the right to drive," 24 June 2018 Board your private jet (because, duh), and arrive at San Diego airport where your private chauffeur will drive you to Escondido, home of iconic wellness retreat Golden Door. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "13 Dream Vacations to Add to Your Bucket List," 24 Oct. 2018 Other women already own cars driven by chauffeurs and are in no rush to drive themselves. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi women finally have the right to drive," 24 June 2018 Other women already own cars driven by chauffeurs and are in no rush to drive themselves. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi women finally have the right to drive," 24 June 2018 Other women already own cars driven by chauffeurs and are in no rush to drive themselves. Aya Batrawy, USA TODAY, "Saudi women hit the roads as driving ban ends," 23 June 2018 The App Store invented a new world, where chauffeurs, dates, and deliverymen could be summoned with a few taps; but also where our attention could be shattered, our democracy shaken, and our anxiety spiked. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "Tech Addiction and the Paradox of Apple's 'Screen Time' Tools," 5 June 2018 However, the 10,000-square-foot home and the surrounding structures — a guesthouse, stables and chauffeur’s quarters — were razed three years later. Roger Vincent,, "Paul Allen puts a $150-million price on storied acreage in Beverly Crest," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Frank Lee bucked free from the back of a delivery truck chauffeuring him to his doom at a small abattoir in Brooklyn in April 2016. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Escape From New York: Slaughterhouse Refugees Have a Country Place," 1 Oct. 2018 Kardashian ate fries in the front seat while Thompson (also known as TTD) paid for his sins by chauffeuring her around. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson Enjoy McDonald’s in a Rolls-Royce," 20 June 2018 And the sight of Toyota Priuses chauffeuring themselves around the streets of Mountain View inspired possibilities, including more projects that didn’t consist solely of zeroes and ones. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Members will be chauffeured in a concierge car directly from the tarmac next door or, say, from Faena Hotel Miami Beach, to the secure exclusivity of the Concours Club, an invitation to join the club states. Fortune, "You'll Need to Spend $350,000 to Join This Private Miami Club," 28 June 2018 Her father, a taxi driver, was sometimes paid to chauffeur the gang. Michael E. Miller, Washington Post, "‘Heinous and violent’: MS-13’s appeal to girls grows as gang becomes ‘Americanized’," 7 May 2018 With the addition of a very pregnant Lively chauffeuring a superhero to the hospital, the whole day sounds more like a romantic comedy script than real life. Anna Millard,, "Did Blake Lively Drive Ryan Reynolds To The Hospital While She Was In Labor?," 27 May 2018 You’ll be met and chauffeured around in a luxury sedan. Mara Balagtas, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Peninsula Hotels' Long History With Rolls-Royce," 23 May 2018 The bullpen cart is back, baby, and the only way this throwback could get any better is if the reliever being chauffeured could munch on a McRib while washing it down with a Tab. Teddy Greenstein,, "Cubs' Joe Maddon and Justin Grimm on board with groovy revival of bullpen carts," 7 Mar. 2018

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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


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


see chauffeur entry 1

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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, shō-ˈfər\

Kids Definition of chauffeur

: a person hired to drive people around in a car

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