chauffeur

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chauffeur.

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Noun[edit]

chauffeur (plural chauffeurs)

  1. A person employed to drive a private motor car or a hired car of executive or luxury class (like a limousine).
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 3, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      He fell into a reverie, a most dangerous state of mind for a chauffeur, since a fall into reverie on the part of a driver may mean a fall into a ravine on the part of the machine.
  2. (firefighting) The driver of a fire truck.

Usage notes[edit]

As the French word chauffeur has masculine gender, a female chauffeur is sometimes called a chauffeuse or, jocularly, a chauffeuress.

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Verb[edit]

chauffeur (third-person singular simple present chauffeurs, present participle chauffeuring, simple past and past participle chauffeured)

  1. (intransitive) To be, or act as, a chauffeur (driver of a motor car).
  2. (transitive) To transport (someone) in a motor car.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French chauffeur.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: chauf‧feur

Noun[edit]

chauffeur m (plural chauffeurs, diminutive chauffeurtje n)

  1. driver (person who drives a motorized vehicle, such as a car or a bus)

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

chauffer +‎ -eur.

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Noun[edit]

chauffeur m (plural chauffeurs, feminine chauffeuse)

  1. driver
    chauffeur de taxi
    taxi driver
  2. chauffeur

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