Definition of depanneur in English:


(also dépanneur)


  • (especially in Quebec) a small shop or convenience store.

    ‘you can buy beer at the depanneur along with your smokes and lotto tickets’
    • ‘It's a scene familiar to most Montrealers: the local depanneur and the cast of characters therein.’
    • ‘He tells of a friend's attempts to "pitch a Mile End no-hitter" - that is, to go from apartment to depanneur and back without running into anyone he knows.’
    • ‘There's the fellow running a depanneur who has a PhD in biology but can't work as a professor here because his French isn't good enough.’
    • ‘"The micro-brewers only do it in reaction to the big breweries," claims one jaded depanneur owner.’
    • ‘My Korean depanneur even opens on Christmas Day.’
    • ‘In his hurry to get to the local depanneur to purchase the actual ticket, he forgot his pen on the table.’
    • ‘This longtime, family-owned depanneur is a neighbourhood institution serving homemade tourtieres and soups daily.’
    • ‘Any depanneur in the poorest section of Montreal is better stocked than these are at the best of times.’
    • ‘Go to depanneur, get snacks.’
    • ‘The kind of person who drives to the depanneur to buy milk hates the street festivals and the parades.’


Canadian French dépanneur, from French (in the sense ‘mechanic, repairman’) (the Canadian French sense apparently deriving from the idea that last-minute or emergency purchases can be made from such a store).