voyageur


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voy·a·geur

 (voi′ə-zhûr′, vwä′yä-zhœr′)
n. pl. voy·a·geurs (-zhûr′, -zhœr′)
A woodsman, boatman, or guide employed by a fur company to transport goods and supplies between remote stations in Canada or the US Northwest.

[French, traveler, from voyager, to travel, from voyage, journey, from Old French veyage; see voyage.]

voyageur

(ˌvɔɪəˈdʒɜː)
n
1. (Historical Terms) history a boatman employed by one of the early fur-trading companies, esp in the interior
2. a woodsman, guide, trapper, boatman, or explorer, esp in the North
[C19: from French: traveller, from voyager to voyage]

vo•ya•geur

(ˌvwɑ yɑˈʒɜr, ˌvɔɪ ə-; Fr. vwa yaˈʒœr)

n., pl. -geurs (-ˈʒɜrz; Fr. -ˈʒœr)
(in Canada) an expert guide in remote regions, esp. one employed by fur companies to transport supplies to and from distant stations.
[1785–95; < French: traveler =voyag(er) to travel]
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The company consisted of twenty-three shareholders, or partners, but held in its employ about two thousand persons as clerks, guides, interpreters, and "voyageurs," or boatmen.
They were wrapped in rich furs, their huge canoes freighted with every convenience and luxury, and manned by Canadian voyageurs, as obedient as Highland clansmen.
The house swarmed at this time with traders and voyageurs, some from Montreal, bound to the interior posts; some from the interior posts, bound to Montreal.
While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast, their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs, half-breeds, Indian hunters, and vagabond hangers-on who feasted sumptuously without on the crumbs that fell from their table, and made the welkin ring with old French ditties, mingled with Indian yelps and yellings.
Enormous avalanches fall against it every spring, sometimes covering everything to the depth of thirty or forty feet; and, in spite of walls four feet thick, and furnished with outside shutters, the two men who stay here when the VOYAGEURS are snugly quartered in their distant homes can tell you that the snow sometimes shakes the house to its foundations.
On going into the CHALET above the fall, we were informed that a BRU"CKE had broken down near Guttanen, and that it would be impossible to proceed for some time; accordingly we were kept in our drenched condition for EIN STUNDE, when some VOYAGEURS arrived from Meiringen, and told us that there had been a trifling accident, ABER that we could now cross.
Known as the "Black Robe Voyageur", Lacombe had a parish covering 250,000 square miles.
An open season ended last month for the proposed 142-mile, 36-inch Voyageur Gas Transmission project, designed to provide new natural gas service in the midwestern United States.
The habitant on his little farm, the voyageur journeying on dangerous rivers, and the woodsman are depicted in their humor, pathos, and picturesqueness.
The Honourable Mlanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, will deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Western Canada.
Chorus Aviation, a Halifax-based holding company, acquired Voyageur Airways last spring in an $80-million deal that was finalized May 1.
M2 EQUITYBITES-May 4, 2015-Chorus Aviation acquires Voyageur Airways