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

  • n. The work of a colporteur.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the distribution or selling of publications via carriers, particularly devotional literature

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The distribution of religious books, tracts, etc., by colporteurs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The work carried on by colporteurs; the distribution by gift or sale of Bibles and other religious literature.


1840s, from French colportage, from colporteur (1723). (Wiktionary)


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