voyageur

noun
voya·​geur | \ˌvȯi-ə-ˈzhər, ˌvwä-yä- \

Definition of voyageur 

: a man employed by a fur company to transport goods to and from remote stations especially in the Canadian Northwest

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Learn how the French voyageurs and Potawatomi were connected, feel a beaver pelt, see canoes built of birch bark and walk inside a wigwam. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Upcoming summer events for the south suburbs," 13 May 2018 The voyageurs, manageurs du lard, and bourgeois that MacKenzie worked with had already discovered and mapped much of the continent by then. Porter Fox, Outside Online, "The Best New Books About Epic Expeditions," 19 Apr. 2018 Drive another 20 minutes to Grand Portage National Monument to learn the history of the Grand Portage Band and join a free tour with a National Park Service ranger to learn about the fur traders, French voyageurs and Ojibwe Indians. Kelly Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Minnesota's Hungry Hippie Hostel satiates North Shore travelers," 15 Dec. 2017 The students paddled and portaged through the park, following the routes once traveled by aboriginals and French-Canadian voyageurs. Daily Southtown, "Community news," 30 Aug. 2017 Phelan had learned the technique while hunting and fishing in the wilderness of Quebec, mirroring the journeys and challenges of the voyageurs. Pippa Biddle, The Atlantic, "Why It’s Better to Carry Weight on Your Head," 18 Aug. 2017 There are also organized boating events on the lake, including thrice-daily voyageur canoe paddles and youth and family kayaking events. Jane Morice, cleveland.com, "Pumped to paddle? Check out these 25 great places to kayak in Ohio," 14 July 2017 The Phoenicia faced stiff competition in Bardot’s day, and today’s voyageur has plenty of five-star hotel options. Vogue, "A Guide to Brigitte Bardot’s Beirut," 14 July 2017 That kind of toughness sums up the steely character of most folks who have lived along Lake Superior over the centuries—from the Ojibwe to the French voyageurs to Nordic immigrant fishermen. Pam Mandel, Longreads, "America’s Great Lake, or the Greatest Lake?," 30 May 2017

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First Known Use of voyageur

1793, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for voyageur

Canadian French, from French, traveler, from voyager to travel, from voyage voyage, from Old French voiage, veiage

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