from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A peddler of devotional literature.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A peddler of publications, especially of religious books
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A hawker; specifically, one who travels about selling and distributing religious tracts and books.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person employed by a Bible or tract society, or the like, to distribute gratuitously or sell at low rates Bibles and various other religious publications.
French, alteration (influenced by col, neck, from the idea that peddlers carry their wares on trays suspended from straps around their necks) of Old French comporteur, from comporter, to conduct, peddle; see comport.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French colporteur, from comporteur by influence of col ("neck") (re-analyzed as col + porteur ("porter")), from verb comporter, from Latin comportō (English comport). (Wiktionary)