chauf·feur (shōfər, shō-fûr)
One employed to drive a private automobile.
v. chauf·feured, chauf·feur·ing, chauf·feurs
1. To serve as a driver for (another).
2. To transport in (a motor vehicle); drive: chauffeured the guests around town.
To serve as a driver for another.
[French, stoker, from chauffer, to heat, stoke, from Old French chaufer; see CHAFE.]
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