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1Originally: †a person who pilots a vessel through a road (obsolete). Later: a person who is adept at or accustomed to using roads; a driver of a vehicle.
2A person who builds or maintains roads; a person in charge of roads. Now archaic or regional.
Mid 18th century. From either the genitive or the plural of road + man, after craftsman, tradesman, etc.
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