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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By April, Charlene Tomasik, 54, who was recovering from addiction — and whom Mckenzie described as the guardian angel of Hollywood street kids — had become her main support and chauffeur. Gale Hollandstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2022 Jean-Noel Aimasso, a private luxury chauffeur in the French Riviera and owner of Kingdom Côte d’Azur, says his wealthy Russian clients spend at least $215,000 in two months for car services over the summer. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 24 May 2022 Given the last film’s revelation that her health is fading fast, the Dowager Countess plans to leave the villa to her granddaughter Sybbie (Fifi Hart), the child of former chauffeur Tom and his late first wife, Lady Sybil. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Apr. 2022 Manuel Garcia-Rulfo stars as Los Angeles defense attorney Mickey Haller, who purposely works out of a Lincoln Town Car driven by a chauffeur instead of a traditional office setting. Dory Jackson,, 13 Apr. 2022 The family fled to Pennsylvania, where Keith’s great-grandfather became a chauffeur. Amanda Chicago Lewis, The New Republic, 4 Apr. 2022 Only, no one had ever caught a potential seed chauffeur in the act. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Apr. 2022 Freeman earned an Oscar nomination here playing the chauffeur to Jessica Tandy’s elderly Jewish woman in the 1940s American South. Ben Flanagan |, al, 1 June 2022 Suddenly the scooter toppled over and skidded on its side, causing the chauffeur to slam on the brakes. Tom Sancton, Town & Country, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile London black cabs will be utilized to chauffeur the 48-player field to their starting holes for the 2 p.m. shotgun start. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 6 June 2022 On a very rare occasion, the vas deferens (the tubes that chauffeur sperm from the testicles to the urethra) can spontaneously reconnect, allowing sperm to schmooze with the semen again. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Also on board: Macy’s owner Isidor Straus and wife, Ida; industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim, with his mistress, valet and chauffeur; and J. Bruce Ismay, managing director of Titanic’s parent White Star Line. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 14 Apr. 2022 The unknown Frenchman, a waiter and chauffeur who had earned his place by winning a marathon in Scotland, had trained for three weeks at Princeton with the student cross-country team, who ran with him in relays. Roger Robinson, Outside Online, 10 Apr. 2022 The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, (VIPER), another lunar rover, will not chauffeur people but instead will roam uncrewed around the moon’s south pole for 100 days in search of water ice. Maddie Bender, Scientific American, 17 Feb. 2022 Hedge fund titans are paying taxes at lower rates than their clerical employees and the people who chauffeur their Bentleys. Peter Weber, The Week, 14 Sep. 2021 Because of safety regulations, the festival has assigned him a personal driver, a 23-year-old woman named Misaki (Tôko Miura, quietly spellbinding), to chauffeur him to and from his hotel. Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2021 At the entrance sits the new Aviator and Navigator on display, while other examples are on hand to chauffeur guests to Coast Village Road in tony Montecito for shopping and exploration. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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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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