Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One employed to drive a private automobile.
  • transitive v. To serve as a driver for (another).
  • transitive v. To transport in (a motor vehicle); drive: chauffeured the guests around town.
  • intransitive v. To serve as a driver for another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person employed to drive a private motor car or a hired car of executive or luxury class (like a limousine).
  • n. The driver of a fire truck.
  • v. To be, or act as, a chauffeur (driver of a motor car).
  • v. To transport (someone) in a motor car.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Brigands in bands, who, about 1793, pillaged, burned, and killed in parts of France; -- so called because they used to burn the feet of their victims to extort money.
  • n. One who manages the running of an automobile or limousine; esp., the paid operator of a motor vehicle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The driver of an automobile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man paid to drive a privately owned car
  • v. drive someone in a vehicle

Etymologies

French, stoker, from chauffer, to heat, stoke, from Old French chaufer; see chafe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French chauffeur. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Rival bloggers at the Republican think tanks around town will soon be commuting work in chauffeur limos, while Matt is struggling to make payments on his bicycle.

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  • They aren't the bureaucrats who go to work on the Metro but rather the men and women who go to work in chauffeur-driven limousines, jet around the country in Gulfstream G-Vs, and make more on the first day of the year, before lunch, than a minimum wage worker makes all year long.

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  • The chauffeur from the Canadian Military Mission, my guide on that shopping tour, told me his sister had had a pair of shoes on order for a year and a half, and was still waiting for them.

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  • The French chauffeur is known to have protested against being made to drive a king in such a piece of old iron.

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  • Well, I don't know that it matters – only a note has just come out from Anderson, and his chauffeur is waiting for an answer.

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  • When supper was over he called his chauffeur so that I might see Buffalo by moonlight.

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  • So he called the chauffeur and the chauffeur disentangled his whiskers from the steering gear and came and joined us.

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  • If PopSci is right, and Merriam Webster is incomplete, via the word chauffeur we can link together Ray LaHood, the Robber of the Rhine, speeding motorists, and 'scorcher' cyclists.

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  • I met Sol Klinger and as him and me was buying papers near the subway station, comes a big oitermobile by the curb and Kleebaum is sitting with another feller in the front seat, what they call a chauffeur, and Kleebaum says, 'Get in and I'll take you down town,' so we get in and I bet yer we come downtown in fifteen minutes. "

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