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.
A heart-shaped bivalve or a garden flower. colporteur
Hence he was a sort of volunteer colporteur distributing gossip, as a notion pedler, before he was a store clerk where centered all the local news.
A colporteur, known to me, when engaged selling Bibles in a Brazilian town, reports that the fanatical populace got his books and carried them, fastened and burning, at the end of blazing torches, while they tramped the streets, yelling: "Away with all false books!"
Two only of the vagrant tribe the boy dislikes, the colporteur and the travelling Spiritualist -- two cold, shabby, sniffling beings, each wrapped in a shawl and each driving an old horse afflicted with poll-evil.
But the worthy lady pronounced colporteur as coalporter, and so on hearing from a friend that "the Coalporters were on strike," Mrs.R. could not help exclaiming, "Dear! how ungrateful of them, when they were being 'so much appreciated by all!'"
The colporteur made his escape over the wall of the city and fled to the house of some friends in the suburbs near the river-side.
Perhaps you wonder how so numerous a race of these beings has come to exist; but that boy at your elbow, bending under the weight of his literary burden, is a colporteur for converting the men and women of this "enlightened nation" to rowdyism.
Along these arteries of traffic many tons of tracts and propaganda are hurled annually by train, felucca and colporteur.
It has come to pass therefore that in addition to its colporteur, tract and publishing work, the Society is especially addressing itself to save the young Negro, and is using the Sunday-school, the Sunday-School and Bible institute and Correspondence Training School to help to that end.
These missionaries are doing missionary and colporteur work jointly.