from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A woman chauffeur.
  • from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

    • n. A woman who operates an automobile.


  • A chauffeuse is a novelty, and when you've said that you've said everything.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, February 16, 1916

  • They live in wonderfully decorated bedrooms in a big house in a leafy suburb with an excellent public school, plenty of private lessons, a stay-at-home parent/chauffeuse, mountains of toys and an almost steady supply of $8 bottles of pure maple syrup for their toaster waffles.

    Lessons On Teaching Children Gratitude

  • Brabazon, had for the last six months filled the post of companion-chauffeuse to Lady Susan Hallett.

    The Vision of Desire

  • A companion-chauffeuse isn't always at liberty to play about with the scapegrace young men of her acquaintance, you know.

    The Vision of Desire

  • The Ramsgates thought they'd got a perfect jewel of a chauffeuse -- smart, businesslike, knew town well, knew when she might exceed the speed limit and when she mightn't, thoroughly understood her car and so on.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, February 16, 1916

  • Chapter Twenty Traditional Values Which was how I came to be wearing the full uniform of a Standartenfuhrer, a colonel in the SS, including near-regulation smoked glasses, sitting in the back of an open Mercedes staff car driven by a chauffeuse in the natty uniform of the NSDAP Women's Auxiliary (First Class) who, with her bow and arrows in the trunk, took the car out of its hidden garage into the dawn streets of Hensau and into some of the loveliest scenery in the whole of Germany-rolling, wooded hills and distant mountains, the pale gold of the sky, the sun a flash of scarlet on the horizon.

    The Dreamthief's Daughter


The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.