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 chauffeuring (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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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

Orlando International Airport has one of the slowest times to exit an airport for international arrivals, according to a report by Blacklane, a German chauffeur company. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Orlando the slowest U.S. airport for international arrivals: report," 26 June 2019 China, where cars like this are driven by chauffeurs while the owners ride in back, seems like a natural market. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Lincoln Continental Is Bringing Back Suicide Doors," 17 Dec. 2018 Expand your domestic staff by employing a chauffeur for your tandem bicycle. WSJ, "101 Ways to Live, Work and Goof Off More Ambitiously," 26 Oct. 2018 After acting as a faithful chauffeur to Lara Jean Covey and Kitty, Noah will now go undercover, acting as a valet who is secretly assisting the government. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Will Play an Undercover Driver in His New Movie "Valet"," 5 Nov. 2018 At the center of the probe are a former government chauffeur’s eight small notebooks that were obtained by newspaper La Nación and given to prosecutors. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "Argentine Police Raid Homes of Ex-President Cristina Kirchner in Graft Probe," 23 Aug. 2018 The survey found robots butlers had a more favorable reaction than machine chauffeurs. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Drones of Tomorrow Have a Data Problem," 11 May 2017 Another feature that Rocket Lab hopes will entice customers is its rocket’s kick stage — an apparatus on the top of the vehicle that acts a bit like a chauffeur in orbit. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Small satellite launcher Rocket Lab is poised to send up its first batch of spacecraft for NASA," 12 Dec. 2018 Guests of The Mews are picked up from the airport by a chauffeur and have the requisite butler at their disposal around the clock. Rima Suqi, WSJ, "The Apartment to Book When Work Brings You to London for a While," 11 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ed was a wonderful, unselfish father, supportive of his children's interests and patiently chauffeuring them to their activities., "Edwin F. Snelgrove," 9 June 2019 Carlton Hotel The 60-room retreat on the north side of Lake St. Moritz chauffeurs guests by Bentleys from the train station. Heidi Mitchell, Town & Country, "Skiing St. Moritz in Style," 1 Nov. 2018 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

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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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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\

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: a person hired to drive people around in a car

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