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candy striper

noun, Informal.
a person, often a teenager, who works as a volunteer in a hospital.
Origin of candy striper
First recorded in 1960-65; so called from the red and white striped uniform often worn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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young female volunteer nurse at a hospital, by 1962, so called from the pink-striped design of her uniform, similar to patterns on peppermint candy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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candy-striper in Medicine

candy striper can·dy strip·er (kān'dē strī'pər)
A volunteer worker in a hospital.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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candy striper

noun phrase

A young woman who is a volunteer nurse's aide in a hospital

[1960s+; fr the stripes on her uniform, resembling those on peppermint candy]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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