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candy striper

noun Informal.
  1. a person, often a teenager, who works as a volunteer in a hospital.
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Origin of candy striper

First recorded in 1960–65; so called from the red and white striped uniform often worn
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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.

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candy striper

(kăndē strī′pər)
  1. A volunteer worker in a hospital.
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