American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One employed to drive a private automobile.
- v. To serve as a driver for (another).
- v. To transport in (a motor vehicle); drive: chauffeured the guests around town.
- v. To serve as a driver for another.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The driver of an automobile.
- n. A person employed to drive a private motor car or a hired car of executive or luxury class (like a limousine).
- n. firefighting The driver of a fire truck.
- v. intransitive To be, or act as, a chauffeur (driver of a motor car).
- v. transitive To transport (someone) in a motor car.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (F. Hist.) 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.
- n. a man paid to drive a privately owned car
- v. drive someone in a vehicle
- From French chauffeur. (Wiktionary)
- French, stoker, from chauffer, to heat, stoke, from Old French chaufer; see chafe. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the front seats sit hired drivers nobody uses the term chauffeur anymore.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“The French chauffeur is known to have protested against being made to drive a king in such a piece of old iron.”
“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.”
“When supper was over he called his chauffeur so that I might see Buffalo by moonlight.”
“So he called the chauffeur and the chauffeur disentangled his whiskers from the steering gear and came and joined us.”
“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.”
“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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