Definition of muleteer in English:



  • A person who drives mules.

    • ‘The routes are remote and just arduous enough to appreciate the stops when Pedro the muleteer will pull down a freezer bag of home-made lemonade and a bottle of fino.’
    • ‘I went off in search of a muleteer called Dorje; voices soon hollered his name from rooftop to window to fields and back again.’
    • ‘Considerable difficulty was experienced in finding a trustworthy man to act as muleteer, [and]… we were repeatedly disappointed in the non-arrival of our day's water and provisions.’
    • ‘The final, and perhaps the most important reason to make, at the very least, an attempt at a language, is to entertain bored guides, muleteers and border police.’
    • ‘He watched departures from harbours, joined drovers crossing fords and muleteers breasting hills, embarked on ferries for no purpose.’
    • ‘‘They scream for an hour until they freeze to death,’ one of the muleteers told me.’
    • ‘The cost for a week of trekking in the park for two hikers - plus a scout, a guide, a muleteer, and two pack animals (all mandatory) - was roughly $200.’
    • ‘Before the invention of the fridge, the track, artfully cut into the contours of the hill, was used by muleteers to haul down snow to be stored in a deep pit, which can still be seen.’
    • ‘While the muleteer and packhorses beelined for the next camp through the tilled fields, we insisted that the four of us hike along the escarpment for the rest of the journey.’
    • ‘We paused to let some Berber muleteers pass us, their donkeys' panniers loaded with the skis and packs of another climbing party.’
    • ‘Price above includes sample round-trip airfare from Atlanta to Lima and a climbing package that includes transfers, hotels, camping equipment, most meals, guide, park fees, cooks, porters, donkeys, and muleteer.’
    • ‘The Spanish muleteers were the best company, but not many of them actually climb.’
    • ‘Our caravan was vast - muleteers and porters were in the lead; head porter, cook and guide tramped behind them in the middle; Olivia and I brought up the rear, some seventeen people and two ponies in all.’
    • ‘George Hills, travelling from Yale to Lillooet, recorded talking ‘to Mexicans who are the muleteers of the country’.’


Mid 16th century: from French muletier, from mulet, diminutive of Old French mul ‘mule’.